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Thanksgiving to Yahweh for His of Deliverance
1Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loyal love is forever.
2Let the redeemed of Yahweh declare#Hebrew “say” it,
those whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy
3and gathered from the lands,
from east and from west, from north and from south.#Hebrew “sea” (yam), which usually means “west” in a listing of directions. The word “south” is expected (Hebrew yamin). Either the MT was corrupted early (along with Isa 49:12; the LXX reads “sea” in both) or it looks to the bodies of waters to the south (see also the Targum)
4They wandered in the wilderness, in a desert.
They could find no way#The MT reads “way” with the previous line. to a city to inhabit.
5Hungry and thirsty,
their soul grew faint within them.
6Then they cried out to Yahweh in their trouble.
He delivered them from their distresses
7and led them by a straight way
to get to a city to inhabit.
8Let them give thanks to Yahweh for his loyal love,
and his wonderful deeds for the children of humankind,
9for he satisfies the longing soul,#Thirst is perhaps in view
and the hungry soul he fills with good.
10Those who sat in darkness and gloom,
prisoners of misery and iron—
11because they rebelled against the words of God
and spurned the counsel of the Most High,
12he therefore humbled their heart with trouble.
They stumbled and there was no helper.
13Then they called to Yahweh for help in their trouble;
he saved them from their distresses.
14He brought them out of darkness and gloom,
and tore off their bonds.
15Let them give thanks to Yahweh for his loyal love
and his wonderful deeds for the children of humankind,
16for he shatters the doors of bronze,
and cuts through the bars of iron.
17Fools, because of their rebellious way
and their iniquities, were afflicted.
18Their soul abhorred all food,
and they approached the gates of death.
19Then they called to Yahweh for help in their trouble.
He saved them from their distresses.
20He sent his word and healed them,
and he delivered them from their pits.#This word is only found elsewhere in Lam 4:20 with the sense of “traps”
21Let them give thanks to Yahweh for his loyal love,
and his wonderful deeds for the children of humankind,
22and let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his works with rejoicing.
23Those who went down to the sea into ships,
doing business on the high seas,#Literally “many waters”
24they saw the works of Yahweh,
and his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25For he spoke and raised up a stormy wind,
and it whipped up its waves.
26They rose to the heavens; they plunged to the depths.
Their soul melted in their calamity.
27They reeled and staggered like a drunkard,
and they were at their wits’ end.#Literally “all their wisdom was swallowed up”
28Then they cried out to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distresses.
29He made the storm be still
and their waves became calm.
30Then they were glad because they grew silent,
so he guided them to their desired harbor.
31Let them give thanks to Yahweh for his loyal love
and his wonderful deeds for the children of humankind,
32and let them exalt him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33He turns rivers into a wilderness
and springs of water into thirsty ground,
34a fruitful land into a salty place,
because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35He turns a wilderness into a pool of water
and a dry land into springs of water.
36And he settles the hungry there,
so that they may establish a city to inhabit,
37and sow fields and plant vineyards,
that they may yield fruit at harvest.#Hebrew “and make a fruit of produce”
38And he blesses them and they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their cattle become few.
39When they become few and they are bent down
from the oppression of calamity and grief,
40he pours contempt on princes
and causes them to wander in a trackless waste.
41But he protects#The sense is that of making something inaccessibly high, like a fortress the needy from misery,
and he makes their families like a flock.
42The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
43Whoever is wise, then let him observe these things,
and let them consider Yahweh’s acts of loyal love.
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