O give thanks unto the
LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the
redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand
of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east,
and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered
in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell
in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried unto
the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their
distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they
might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the
LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children
of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry
soul with goodness.
Such as sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned
the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their
heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved
them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness
and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Oh that men would praise
the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the
children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut
the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their transgression,
and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth
all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Then they cry unto the
LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their
destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them
sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works
They that go down to
the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see
the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth,
and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They mount up to the
heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted
because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a
drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry unto the
LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because
they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his
wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also
in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly
of the elders. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings
into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness
of them that dwell therein.
He turneth the wilderness
into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And
there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a
city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards,
which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so
that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle
to decrease. Again, they are minished and brought low through
oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
He poureth contempt
upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where
there is no way. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction,
and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see
it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso
is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand
the lovingkindness of the LORD. (Psalm 107 kjv)