107 Thank the Lord because he is good. His ·love [loyalty] continues forever. 2 That is what those whom the Lord has ·saved [redeemed] should say. He has ·saved [redeemed] them from the ·enemy [foe] 3 and has gathered them from other lands, from east and west, north and south [Is. 51:11; C perhaps after the Babylonian exile].
4 Some people had wandered in the ·desert lands [L wilderness, wasteland]. They found no way to a city in which to live. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and they were ·discouraged [faint]. 6 In their ·misery [distress] they cried out to the Lord, and he ·saved [rescued; protected] them from their troubles [vv. 13, 19, 28]. 7 He led them on a straight road to a city where they could live. 8 Let them ·give thanks to [praise] the Lord for his ·love [loyalty] and for the ·miracles [wonderful works] he does for people [vv. 15, 21, 31]. 9 He satisfies the thirsty and fills ·up [L with good things] the hungry [Is. 58:10–11; Jer. 31:25; Luke 1:53].
10 Some sat in ·gloom [darkness] and ·darkness [deep darkness]; they were prisoners ·suffering [afflicted] in ·chains [irons]. 11 They had ·turned [rebelled] against the words of God and had ·refused [rejected] the advice of God Most High. 12 So he ·broke their pride by [L made their hearts cower with] hard work. They stumbled, and no one helped. 13 In their ·misery [distress] they cried out to the Lord, and he ·saved them from [gave them victory over] their troubles [vv. 6, 19, 28]. 14 He brought them out of their ·gloom [darkness] and ·darkness [deep darkness] and ·broke [burst] their chains. 15 Let them ·give thanks to [praise] the Lord for his ·love [loyalty] and for the ·miracles [wonderful works] he does for people [vv. 8, 21, 31]. 16 He ·breaks down [shatters] bronze gates and cuts apart iron bars.
17 Some ·fools turned against God [L became fools in the way of transgression] and ·suffered [were afflicted] ·for the evil they did [L because of their guilt]. 18 ·They refused to eat anything [L Their appetite loathed any food], so they ·almost died [L approached the gates of death]. 19 In their ·misery [distress] they cried out to the Lord, and he ·saved them [gave them victory] from their troubles [vv. 6, 13, 28]. 20 God ·gave the command [L sent forth his word] and healed them, so they were ·saved [rescued] from ·dying [destruction; or their pits]. 21 Let them ·give thanks to [praise] the Lord for his ·love [loyalty] and for the ·miracles [wonderful works] he does for people [vv. 8, 15, 31]. 22 Let them offer ·sacrifices to thank him [thanksgiving offerings]. With joy they should ·tell [recount] what he has done.
23 Others went out to sea in ships and did ·business [work] on the ·great oceans [L many waters]. 24 They saw what the Lord could do, the ·miracles [worderful works] he did in the deep oceans. 25 He spoke, and a ·storm [L stormy wind] ·came [L stood] up, which ·blew [raised] up high waves. 26 ·The ships [L They] ·were tossed as high as [L went up to] the ·sky [heavens] and fell low to the depths. ·The storm was so bad that they lost their courage [L Their life/soul melted in evil/trouble]. 27 They ·stumbled [reeled; leapt] and ·fell [tottered; staggered] like people who were drunk. ·They did not know what to do [L All their wisdom was confused]. 28 In their ·misery [distress] they cried out to the Lord, and he ·saved [L brought them out] them from their troubles [vv. 6, 13, 19]. 29 He ·stilled [quieted] the storm and ·calmed [hushed] the waves. 30 They were happy that it was quiet, and God guided them to the ·port [harbor] they wanted. 31 Let them ·give thanks to [praise] the Lord for his ·love [loyalty] and for the ·miracles [wonderful works] he does for people [vv. 8, 15, 21]. 32 Let them ·praise his greatness [exalt him] in the ·meeting [assembly] of the people; let them praise him in the meeting of the elders.
33 He ·changed [turned; L set] rivers into a ·desert [wilderness] and springs of water into ·dry [parched; thirsty] ground. 34 He made ·fertile [fruitful] land salty because the people there did evil [Gen. 19]. 35 He ·changed [turned; L set] the ·desert [wilderness] into pools of water and ·dry [parched] ground into springs of water. 36 He had the hungry settle there so they could ·build [establish] a city in which to live. 37 They ·planted seeds in the fields and vineyards [L sowed fields and planted vineyards], and they had a ·good harvest [fruitful crop]. 38 God blessed them, and they ·grew in number [multiplied greatly]. Their cattle did not ·become fewer [diminish].
39 Because of ·disaster [oppression], ·troubles [evil], and sadness, ·their families [L they] ·grew smaller [diminished] and ·weaker [were brought low]. 40 He ·showed he was displeased with [L poured contempt on] their ·leaders [princes] and made them wander in a pathless ·desert [waste]. 41 But he lifted the ·poor [needy] out of their suffering and ·made their families grow [L set their clans] like flocks of sheep. 42 ·Good people [The upright/virtuous] see this and are happy, but the wicked ·say nothing [L shuts their mouths].
43 Whoever is wise will ·remember [keep; guard] these things and will ·think about [consider] the ·love [loyalty] of the Lord.
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