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Book V: Psalms 107–150
1Give thanks to Adonai; for he is good,
for his grace continues forever.
2Let those redeemed by Adonai say it,
those he redeemed from the power of the foe.
3He gathered them from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the sea.
4They wandered in the desert, on paths through the wastes,
without finding any inhabited city.
5They were hungry and thirsty,
their life was ebbing away.
6In their trouble they cried to Adonai,
and he rescued them from their distress.
7He led them by a direct path
to a city where they could live.
8Let them give thanks to Adonai for his grace,
for his wonders bestowed on humanity!
9For he has satisfied the hungry,
filled the starving with good.
10Some lived in darkness, in death-dark gloom,
bound in misery and iron chains,
11because they defied God’s word,
scorned the counsel of the Most High.
12So he humbled their hearts by hard labor;
when they stumbled, no one came to their aid.
13In their trouble they cried to Adonai,
and he rescued them from their distress.
14He led them from darkness, from death-dark gloom,
shattering their chains.
15Let them give thanks to Adonai for his grace,
for his wonders bestowed on humanity!
16For he shattered bronze doors
and cut through iron bars.
17There were foolish people who suffered affliction
because of their crimes and sins;
18they couldn’t stand to eat anything;
they were near the gates of death.
19In their trouble they cried to Adonai,
and he rescued them from their distress;
20he sent his word and healed them,
he delivered them from destruction.
21Let them give thanks to Adonai for his grace,
for his wonders bestowed on humanity!
22Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and proclaim his great deeds with songs of joy.
23Those who go down to the sea in ships,
plying their trade on the great ocean,
24saw the works of Adonai,
his wonders in the deep.
25For at his word the storm-wind arose,
lifting up towering waves.
26The sailors were raised up to the sky,
then plunged into the depths.
At the danger, their courage failed them,
27they reeled and staggered like drunk men,
and all their skill was swallowed up.
28In their trouble they cried to Adonai,
and he rescued them from their distress.
29He silenced the storm and stilled its waves,
30and they rejoiced as the sea grew calm.
Then he brought them safely
to their desired port.
31Let them give thanks to Adonai for his grace,
for his wonders bestowed on humanity!
32Let them extol him in the assembly of the people
and praise him in the leaders’ council.
33He turns rivers into desert,
flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34productive land into salt flats,
because the people living there are so wicked.
35But he also turns desert into pools of water,
dry land into flowing springs;
36there he gives the hungry a home,
and they build a city to live in;
37there they sow fields and plant vineyards,
which yield an abundant harvest.
38He blesses them, their numbers grow,
and he doesn’t let their livestock decrease.
39When their numbers fall, and they grow weak,
because of oppression, disaster and sorrow,
40he pours contempt on princes
and leaves them to wander in trackless wastes.
41But the needy he raises up from their distress
and increases their families like sheep.
42When the upright see this, they rejoice;
while the wicked are reduced to silence.
43Let whoever is wise observe these things
and consider Adonai’s loving deeds.