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Commentary On Psalms Volume 5 by Jean Calvin

PART FIFTH. PSALM 107

1 |Celebrate Jehovah, for he is good, |For to everlasting is his mercy.|

2 Say this let the redeemed of Jehovah, Whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the afflicter.

3 Whom he hath gathered from the lands, From the east, and from the west, From the north, and from the south.

4 They wandered from the way in the solitary desert; A city of habitation they found not:

5 Hungry, also thirsty, So that their soul within them fainted.

6 Then they cried to Jehovah in their distress, And from their troubles he delivered them.

7 And he directed them by a right way, That they might come to a city of habitation.

8 Let them celebrate before Jehovah his mercy, His marvelous works before the sons of men.

9 For he hath satisfied the soul that longeth, And the soul that is famished he hath filled with good.

10 Those who dwell in darkness, and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and iron;

11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, And the counsel of the Most High they despised:

12 And he humbled with trouble their heart; They were afflicted and there was none to help them

13 They cried to Jehovah in their distress: From their troubles he delivered them.

14 He rescued them from darkness and the shadow of death, And their chains he broke asunder.

15 Let them celebrate before Jehovah his mercy, And his marvelous works before the sons of men.

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, And the bars of iron he hath shivered.

17 Fools on account of the way of their transgression; And on account of their iniquities are afflicted.

18 All food loathe doth their soul; And they approach the gates of death.

19 Then they cry to Jehovah in their trouble: From their straits he sayeth them.

20 He sendeth his word, and healeth them, And rescueth them from all their corruptions.

21 Let them celebrate before Jehovah his mercy, And his marvelous works before the sons of men.

22 And let them sacrifice sacrifices of praise, And announce his works with exultation.

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, Trading in the great waters,

24 These men see the works of Jehovah, His wonders in the deep.

25 He speaketh and raiseth the wind of storm, And lifteth high the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heavens, They descend into the deeps; Their soul in their distress is melted away.

27 They are tossed and stagger as a drunken man, And all their skill is swallowed up.

28 And they cry to Jehovah in their distress, And from their troubles he bringeth them out.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, So that quiet are the waves thereof.

30 And they rejoice because they are stilled; And he leadeth them unto the haven of their desire.

31 Let them celebrate before Jehovah his mercy, And his wonders before the sons of men;

32 And let them exalt him in the congregation of the people, And in the assembly of the elders let them praise him.

33 He turneth rivers into a desert, And springs of water into dryness;

34 A land that is fruitful into saltness, For the wickedness of those who dwell therein.

35 He turneth the desert into a pool of water, And the land of barrenness into springs of water.

36 And there he causeth to dwell the famished, That they may prepare a city of habitation;

37 And sow fields, and plant vineyards, And eat the fruit of increase.

38 And he blesseth them, and they multiply exceedingly; And their cattle he doth not diminish,.

39 Afterwards they are diminished and brought low, By reason of anguish, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes, And maketh them to wander in the waste where there is no path.

41 And he raiseth the afflicted from his misery, And maketh like a flock [his] families.

42 See shall the upright ones and shall rejoice: And all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Who is wise, and he will observe these things, And they shall understand the loving-kindness of Jehovah?

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