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Psalm 107

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

107:1  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble[1] 3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 5hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 8Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men! 9For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, 11for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. 13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. 15Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men! 16For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; 18they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 20He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. 21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men! 22And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; 24they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; 27they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end.[2] 28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 29He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30Then they were glad that the waters[3] were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. 31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men! 32Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, 34a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. 35He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. 36And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; 37they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. 38By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow, 40he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; 41but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks. 42The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

[1] Or from the hand of the foe  [2] Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up  [3] Hebrew they

Psalm 108

With God We Shall Do Valiantly

A Song. A Psalm of David.

108:1  My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being![4] 2Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! 3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 4For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! 6That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

7God has promised in his holiness:[5] “With exultation I will divide up Shechem and portion out the Valley of Succoth. 8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. 9Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 11Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 12Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! 13With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

[4] Hebrew with my glory  [5] Or sanctuary

Psalm 109

Help Me, O Lord My God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

109:1  Be not silent, O God of my praise! 2For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. 3They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. 4In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.[6] 5So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

6Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin! 8May his days be few; may another take his office! 9May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow! 10May his children wander about and beg, seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit! 11May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil! 12Let there be none to extend kindness to him, nor any to pity his fatherless children! 13May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation! 14May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out! 15Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

16For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. 17He loved to curse; let curses come[7] upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far[8] from him! 18He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak[9] into his body like water, like oil into his bones! 19May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day! 20May this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord, of those who speak evil against my life!

21But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! 22For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me. 23I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust. 24My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat. 25I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads.

26Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! 27Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it! 28Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad! 29May my accusers be clothed with dishonor; may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

30With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. 31For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

[6] Hebrew but I am prayer  [7] Revocalization; Masoretic Text curses have come  [8] Revocalization; Masoretic Text it is far  [9] Revocalization; Masoretic Text it has soaked

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