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107 O give thanks unto Hashem, for He is tov; ki l’olam chasdo (for His mercy endureth forever).

Let the Geulei Hashem (the redeemed of Hashem) say so, whom He hath redeemed from the yad tzar;

And gathered them out of the lands, from the mizrach (east), and from the ma’arav (west), from the tzafon (north), and from the yam (sea).

They wandered in the midbar in a desolate region; they found no derech to an ir moshav (inhabited city).

Re’evim (hungry) and tzeme’im (thirsty), their nefesh fainted within them.

Then they cried unto Hashem in their tzoros, and He delivered them out of their distresses.

And He led them forth by the derech yesharah that they might go to an ir moshav.

Oh that men would praise Hashem for His chesed, and for His nifla’ot (wonderful works) to the Bnei Adam!

For He satisfieth the longing nefesh, and filleth the hungry nefesh with the tov.

10 Such as sit in choshech and in tzalmavet, being bound in oni and barzel (iron);

11 Because they rebelled against the words of G-d, and despised the atzat Elyon (counsel of the Most High);

12 Therefore He brought down their lev with amal (toil); they stumbled, and there was no ozer (helper).

13 Then they cried out unto Hashem in their tzoros, and He saved them out of their distresses.

14 He brought them out of choshech and tzalmavet, and broke apart their chains.

15 Oh that men would praise Hashem for His chesed, and for His nifla’ot (wonderful works) to the Bnei Adam!

16 For He hath broken down the dlatot nechoshet, and cut asunder the bars of barzel (iron).

17 Fools because of their derech peysha, and because of their avonot (iniquities), were afflicted.

18 Their nefesh abhorreth all manner of ochel (food); and they drew near unto the sha’arei mavet (gates of death).

19 Then they cried unto Hashem in their tzoros, and He saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent His Davar, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions [See Yn 1:1, 14; Mt 4:23].

21 Oh that men would praise Hashem for His chesed, and for His nifla’ot (wonderful works) to the Bnei Adam!

22 And let them sacrifice the zivkhei todah (sacrifices of thanksgiving), and recount His works with joyful singing.

23 They that go down to the yam in oniyot (ships), that do business on mayim rabbim (great waters);

24 These have seen the ma’asei Hashem, and His nifla’ot (wonders) in the deep.

25 For He commandeth, and raiseth up a ruach sa’arah (stormy wind), which lifteth up the galim (waves) thereof.

26 They [the galim] mount up to Shomayim, they went down again to the tehomot (depths); their nefesh melted in ra’ah (peril, trouble).

27 They reeled and staggered like a shikkor, and were at their wit’s end.

28 Then they cried unto Hashem in their tzoros, and He brought them out of their distresses.

29 He made the sa’arah (storm) a calm, so that the galim (waves) thereof were still [Mk 4:41].

30 Then were they glad because they were quiet; so He brought them unto their makhoz chefetz (desired haven, city, district, boundary).

31 Oh that men would praise Hashem for His chesed, and for His nifla’ot (wonderful works) to the Bnei Adam!

32 Let them exalt Him also in the Kehal Am, and praise Him in the moshav zekenim (council of the elders).

33 He turneth neharot (rivers) into a midbar, and the springs of water into dry ground;

34 An eretz p’ri (fruitful land) into salt wasteland, because of the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He turneth the midbar into an agam (pool, lake) of mayim, and dry ground into springs of water.

36 And there He maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may found an ir moshav (an inhabited city);

37 And sow the sadot, and plant kramim, and acquire p’ri tevu’ah (fruits of increase).

38 He made a brocha on them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and He doth not permit their behemah to decrease.

39 Again, they are diminished and brought low through otzer (oppression), ra’ah (calamity, peril, trouble) and yagon (sorrow, grief).

40 He poureth contempt upon nedivim (nobles), and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no derech.

41 Yet setteth He the evyon (needy) up above oni (affliction), and maketh him mishpekhot like a tzon (flock).

42 The yesharim (upright ones) shall see it, and rejoice with simchah; and all iniquity shall shut its mouth.

43 Whosoever is chacham, and will be shomer over these things, even they shall understand the chasdei Hashem (lovingkindnesses of Hashem).

BOOK V

Psalms 107–150

Psalm 107

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

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

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

10 Some sat in darkness,(Q) in utter darkness,
    prisoners suffering(R) in iron chains,(S)
11 because they rebelled(T) against God’s commands
    and despised(U) the plans(V) of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
    they stumbled, and there was no one to help.(W)
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them(X) from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness,(Y) the utter darkness,(Z)
    and broke away their chains.(AA)
15 Let them give thanks(AB) to the Lord for his unfailing love(AC)
    and his wonderful deeds(AD) for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
    and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools(AE) through their rebellious ways(AF)
    and suffered affliction(AG) because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food(AH)
    and drew near the gates of death.(AI)
19 Then they cried(AJ) to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them(AK) from their distress.
20 He sent out his word(AL) and healed them;(AM)
    he rescued(AN) them from the grave.(AO)
21 Let them give thanks(AP) to the Lord for his unfailing love(AQ)
    and his wonderful deeds(AR) for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings(AS)
    and tell of his works(AT) with songs of joy.(AU)

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

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

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

43 Let the one who is wise(CF) heed these things
    and ponder the loving deeds(CG) 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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