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BOOK V
(Psalms 107–150)
1"Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his faithful love lasts forever!"
2That’s what those who are redeemed by the Lord say,
the ones God redeemed from the power of their enemies,
3the ones God gathered from various countries,
from east and west, north and south.
4Some of the redeemed had wandered into the desert, into the wasteland.
They couldn’t find their way to a city or town.
5They were hungry and thirsty;
their lives were slipping away.
6So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God delivered them from their desperate circumstances.
7God led them straight to human habitation.
8Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people,
9because God satisfied the one who was parched with thirst,
and he filled up the hungry with good things!
10Some of the redeemed had been sitting in darkness and deep gloom;
they were prisoners suffering in chains
11because they had disobeyed God’s instructions
and rejected the Most High’s plans.
12So God humbled them with hard work.
They stumbled, and there was no one to help them.
13So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
14God brought them out from the darkness and deep gloom;
he shattered their chains.
15Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people,
16because God has shattered bronze doors
and split iron bars in two!
17Some of the redeemed were fools because of their sinful ways.
They suffered because of their wickedness.
18They had absolutely no appetite for food;
they had arrived at death’s gates.
19So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
20God gave the order and healed them;
he rescued them from their pit.
21Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people.
22Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices
and declare what God has donein songs of joy!
23Some of the redeemed had gone out on the ocean in ships,
making their living on the high seas.
24They saw what the Lord had made;
they saw his wondrous works in the depths of the sea.
25God spoke and stirred up a storm
that brought the waves up high.
26The waves went as high as the sky;
they crashed down to the depths.
The sailors’ courage melted at this terrible situation.
27They staggered and stumbled around like they were drunk.
None of their skill was of any help.
28So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God brought them out safe from their desperate circumstances.
29God quieted the storm to a whisper;
the sea’s waves were hushed.
30So they rejoiced because the waves had calmed down;
then God led them to the harbor they were hoping for.
31Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people.
32Let them exalt God in the congregation of the people
and praise God in the assembly of the elders.
33God turns rivers into desert,
watery springs into thirsty ground,
34fruitful land into unproductive dirt,
when its inhabitants are wicked.
35But God can also turn the desert into watery pools,
thirsty ground into watery springs,
36where he settles the hungry.
They even build a city and live there!
37They plant fields and vineyards
and obtain a fruitful harvest.
38God blesses them, and they become many.
God won’t even let their cattle diminish.
39But when they do diminish—
when they’re brought down by oppression, trouble, and grief—
40God pours contempt on their leaders,
making them wander aimlessly in the wastelands.
41But God raises the needy from their suffering;
he makes their families as numerous as sheep!
42Those who do right see it and celebrate,
but every wicked person shuts their mouth.
43Whoever is wise will pay attention to these things,
carefully considering the Lord’s faithful love.
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