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BOOK V

(Psalms 107-150)

The Lord Is Good to His People

107 Shout praises to the Lord!
    He is good to us,
    and his love never fails.
Everyone the Lord has rescued
from trouble
    should praise him,
everyone he has brought
from the east and the west,
    the north and the south.[a]

Some of you were lost
in the scorching desert,
    far from a town.
You were hungry and thirsty
    and about to give up.
You were in serious trouble,
    but you prayed to the Lord,
    and he rescued you.
Right away he brought you
    to a town.
You should praise the Lord
    for his love
    and for the wonderful things
    he does for all of us.
To everyone who is thirsty,
    he gives something to drink;
to everyone who is hungry,
    he gives good things to eat.

10 Some of you were prisoners
    suffering in deepest darkness
    and bound by chains,
11 because you had rebelled
against God Most High
    and refused his advice.
12 You were worn out
from working like slaves,
    and no one came to help.
13 You were in serious trouble,
    but you prayed to the Lord,
    and he rescued you.
14 He brought you out
of the deepest darkness
    and broke your chains.

15 You should praise the Lord
    for his love
    and for the wonderful things
    he does for all of us.
16 He breaks down bronze gates
    and shatters iron locks.

17 Some of you had foolishly
committed a lot of sins
    and were in terrible pain.
18 The very thought of food
was disgusting to you,
    and you were almost dead.
19 You were in serious trouble,
    but you prayed to the Lord,
    and he rescued you.
20 By the power of his own word,
he healed you
    and saved you
    from destruction.

21 You should praise the Lord
    for his love
    and for the wonderful things
    he does for all of us.
22 You should celebrate
    by offering sacrifices
    and singing joyful songs
    to tell what he has done.

23 Some of you made a living
    by sailing the mighty sea,
24     and you saw the miracles
    the Lord performed there.
25 At his command a storm arose,
    and waves covered the sea.
26 You were tossed to the sky
    and to the ocean depths,
    until things looked so bad
    that you lost your courage.
27 You staggered like drunkards
    and gave up all hope.
28 You were in serious trouble,
    but you prayed to the Lord,
    and he rescued you.
29 He made the storm stop
    and the sea be quiet.
30 You were happy because of this,
and he brought you to the port
    where you wanted to go.

31 You should praise the Lord
    for his love
    and for the wonderful things
    he does for all of us.
32 Honor the Lord
when you
    and your leaders
    meet to worship.

33 If you start doing wrong,
the Lord will turn rivers
    into deserts,
34     flowing streams
    into scorched land,
    and fruitful fields
    into beds of salt.

35 But the Lord can also turn
    deserts into lakes
    and scorched land
    into flowing streams.
36 If you are hungry,
    you can settle there
    and build a town.
37 You can plant fields
and vineyards
    that produce
    a good harvest.
38 The Lord will bless you
with many children
    and with herds of cattle.

39 Sometimes you may be crushed
    by troubles and sorrows,
    until only a few of you
    are left to survive.
40 But the Lord will take revenge
    on those who conquer you,
    and he will make them wander
    across desert sands.
41 When you are suffering
    and in need,
he will come to your rescue,
    and your families will grow
    as fast as a herd of sheep.
42 You will see this because
    you obey the Lord,
    but everyone who is wicked
    will be silenced.

43 Be wise! Remember this
    and think about the kindness
    of the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. 107.3 south: The Hebrew text has “sea,” probably referring to the Mediterranean Sea.