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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book V
 
CVII
 
Jehovah Delivers Men from Manifold Troubles
 
 
[1]  OH give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
[2]  Let the redeemed of Jehovah say so,
Whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the adversary,
[3]  And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from 1 the south.
 
[4]  They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way;
They found no city of habitation.
[5]  Hungry and thirsty,
Their soul fainted in them.
[6]  Then they cried unto Jehovah in their trouble,
And he delivered them out of their distresses.
[7]  He led them also by a straight way,
That they might go to a city of habitation.
[8]  Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness,
And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
[9]  For he satisfieth the longing soul,
And the hungry soul he filleth with good.
 
[10]  Such as sat 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 labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
[13]  Then they cried unto Jehovah 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 bonds in sunder.
[15]  Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness,
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 2 transgression,
And because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
[18]  Their soul abhorreth all manner of food;
And they draw near unto the gates of death.
[19]  Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble,
And he saveth them out of their distresses.
[20]  He sendeth his word, and healeth them,
And delivereth them from their destructions. 3
[21]  Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness,
And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
[22]  And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare his works with singing.
 
[23]  They that go down to the sea in ships,
That do business in great waters;
[24]  These see the works of Jehovah,
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 heavens, they go down again to the depths:
Their soul melteth away because of trouble.
[27]  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
And are 4 at their wits’ end.
[28]  Then they cry unto Jehovah 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 are quiet;
So he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
[31]  Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
[32]  Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people,
And praise him in the seat of the elders.
 
[33]  He turneth rivers into a wilderness,
And watersprings into a thirsty ground;
[34]  A fruitful land into a salt desert,
For the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
[35]  He turneth a wilderness into a pool of water,
And a dry land into watersprings.
[36]  And there he maketh the hungry to dwell,
That they may prepare a city of habitation,
[37]  And sow fields, and plant vineyards,
And get them fruits of increase.
[38]  He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly;
And he suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
[39]  Again, they are diminished and bowed down
Through oppression, trouble, and sorrow.
[40]  He poureth contempt upon princes,
And causeth them to wander in the waste, where there is no way.
[41]  Yet setteth he the needy on high from affliction,
And maketh him families like a flock.
[42]  The upright shall see it, and be glad;
And all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
[43]  Whoso is wise will give heed to these things;
And they will consider the lovingkindnesses of Jehovah.
 
Note 1. Heb. from the sea. [back]
Note 2. Heb. the way of their transgression. [back]
Note 3. Heb. pits. [back]
Note 4. Heb. all their wisdom is swallowed up. [back]
 

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