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Psalm 107 New Century Version (NCV)

God Saves from Many Dangers

107 Thank the Lord because he is good.
    His love continues forever.
That is what those whom the Lord has saved should say.
    He has saved them from the enemy
and has gathered them from other lands,
    from east and west, north and south.

Some people had wandered in the desert lands.
    They found no city in which to live.
They were hungry and thirsty,
    and they were discouraged.
In their misery they cried out to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their troubles.
He led them on a straight road
    to a city where they could live.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love
    and for the miracles he does for people.
He satisfies the thirsty
    and fills up the hungry.

10 Some sat in gloom and darkness;
    they were prisoners suffering in chains.
11 They had turned against the words of God
    and had refused the advice of God Most High.
12 So he broke their pride by hard work.
    They stumbled, and no one helped.
13 In their misery they cried out to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their troubles.
14 He brought them out of their gloom and darkness
    and broke their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love
    and for the miracles he does for people.
16 He breaks down bronze gates
    and cuts apart iron bars.

17 Some fools turned against God
    and suffered for the evil they did.
18 They refused to eat anything,
    so they almost died.
19 In their misery they cried out to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their troubles.
20 God gave the command and healed them,
    so they were saved from dying.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love
    and for the miracles he does for people.
22 Let them offer sacrifices to thank him.
    With joy they should tell what he has done.

23 Others went out to sea in ships
    and did business on the great oceans.
24 They saw what the Lord could do,
    the miracles he did in the deep oceans.
25 He spoke, and a storm came up,
    which blew up high waves.
26 The ships were tossed as high as the sky and fell low to the depths.
    The storm was so bad that they lost their courage.
27 They stumbled and fell like people who were drunk.
    They did not know what to do.
28 In their misery they cried out to the Lord,
    and he saved them from their troubles.
29 He stilled the storm
    and calmed the waves.
30 They were happy that it was quiet,
    and God guided them to the port they wanted.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love
    and for the miracles he does for people.
32 Let them praise his greatness in the meeting of the people;
    let them praise him in the meeting of the elders.

33 He changed rivers into a desert
    and springs of water into dry ground.
34 He made fertile land salty,
    because the people there did evil.
35 He changed the desert into pools of water
    and dry ground into springs of water.
36 He had the hungry settle there
    so they could build a city in which to live.
37 They planted seeds in the fields and vineyards,
    and they had a good harvest.
38 God blessed them, and they grew in number.
    Their cattle did not become fewer.

39 Because of disaster, troubles, and sadness,
    their families grew smaller and weaker.
40 He showed he was displeased with their leaders
    and made them wander in a pathless desert.
41 But he lifted the poor out of their suffering
    and made their families grow like flocks of sheep.
42 Good people see this and are happy,
    but the wicked say nothing.

43 Whoever is wise will remember these things
    and will think about the love of the Lord.

New Century Version (NCV)

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Psalm 107 New International Version (NIV)

BOOK V

Psalms 107–150

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
    those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
    from east and west, from north and south.[a]

Some wandered in desert wastelands,
    finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
    and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
    to a city where they could settle.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
    prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands
    and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
    they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
    and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
    and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways
    and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food
    and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them;
    he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings
    and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23 Some went out on the sea in ships;
    they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord,
    his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
    that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
    in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
    they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
    the waves of the sea[b] were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
    and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
    and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert,
    flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,
    because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water
    and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
    and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards
    that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
    and he did not let their herds diminish.

39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled
    by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles
    made them wander in a trackless waste.
41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction
    and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice,
    but all the wicked shut their mouths.

43 Let the one who is wise heed these things
    and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 107:3 Hebrew north and the sea
  2. Psalm 107:29 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text / their waves
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Psalm 107 King James Version (KJV)

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.

36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;

37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

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