The psalmist continues the theme of the previous psalm, praising G-d for performing other miracles not mentioned previously, for "who can recount the mighty acts of G-d?" Were we to try, we could not mention them all!
1. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord for He is good, for His kindness is everlasting. 2. Who can recount the mighty acts of the Lord, or proclaim all His praises? 3. Fortunate are those who preserve justice, who perform deeds of righteousness all the time. 4. Remember me, Lord, when You find favor with Your people; be mindful of me with Your deliverance; 5. to behold the prosperity of Your chosen, to rejoice in the joy of Your nation, to glory with Your inheritance. 6. We have sinned as did our fathers, we have acted perversely and wickedly. 7. Our fathers in Egypt did not contemplate Your wonders, they did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, at the Sea of Reeds. 8. Yet He delivered them for the sake of His Name, to make His strength known. 9. He roared at the Sea of Reeds and it dried up; He led them through the depths, as through a desert. 10. He saved them from the hand of the enemy, and redeemed them from the hand of the foe. 11. The waters engulfed their adversaries; not one of them remained. 12. Then they believed in His words, they sang His praise. 13. They quickly forgot His deeds, they did not wait for His counsel; 14. and they lusted a craving in the desert, they tested G-d in the wilderness. 15. And He gave them their request, but sent emaciation into their souls. 16. They angered Moses in the camp, and Aaron, the Lord's holy one. 17. The earth opened and swallowed Dathan, and engulfed the company of Abiram; 18. and a fire burned in their assembly, a flame set the wicked ablaze. 19. They made a calf in Horeb, and bowed down to a molten image. 20. They exchanged their Glory for the likeness of a grass-eating ox. 21. They forgot G-d, their savior, Who had performed great deeds in Egypt, 22. wonders in the land of Ham, awesome things at the Sea of Reeds. 23. He said that He would destroy them-had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, to turn away His wrath from destroying. 24. They despised the desirable land, they did not believe His word. 25. And they murmured in their tents, they did not heed the voice of the Lord. 26. So He raised His hand [in oath] against them, to cast them down in the wilderness, 27. to throw down their progeny among the nations, and to scatter them among the lands. 28. They joined themselves to [the idol] Baal Peor, and ate of the sacrifices to the dead; 29. they provoked Him with their doings, and a plague broke out in their midst. 30. Then Phineas arose and executed judgment, and the plague was stayed; 31. it was accounted for him as a righteous deed, through all generations, forever. 32. They angered Him at the waters of Merivah, and Moses suffered on their account; 33. for they defied His spirit, and He pronounced [an oath] with His lips. 34. They did not destroy the nations as the Lord had instructed them; 35. rather, they mingled with the nations and learned their deeds. 36. They worshipped their idols, and they became a snare for them. 37. They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. 38. They spilled innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land became guilty with blood. 39. They were defiled by their deeds, and went astray by their actions. 40. And the Lord's wrath blazed against His people, and He abhorred His inheritance; 41. so He delivered them into the hands of nations, and their enemies ruled them. 42. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were subdued under their hand. 43. Many times did He save them, yet they were rebellious in their counsel and were impoverished by their sins. 44. But He saw their distress, when He heard their prayer; 45. and He remembered for them His covenant and He relented, in keeping with His abounding kindness, 46. and He caused them to be treated mercifully by all their captors. 47. Deliver us, Lord our G-d; gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name and glory in Your praise. 48. Blessed is the Lord, the G-d of Israel, forever and ever. And let all the people say, "Amen! Praise the Lord!"
This psalm speaks of those who are saved from four specific perilous situations(imprisonment, sickness, desert travel, and sea travel) and must thank G-d, for their sins caused their troubles, and only by the kindness of G-d were they saved. It is therefore appropriate that they praise G-d and tell of their salvation to all.
1. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His kindness is everlasting. 2. So shall say those redeemed by the Lord, those whom He redeemed from the hand of the oppressor. 3. He gathered them from the lands-from east and from west, from north and from the sea. 4. They lost their way in the wilderness, in the wasteland; they found no inhabited city. 5. Both hungry and thirsty, their soul languished within them. 6. They cried out to the Lord in their distress; He delivered them from their afflictions. 7. He guided them in the right path to reach an inhabited city. 8. Let them give thanks to the Lord, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man, 9. for He has satiated a thirsting soul, and filled a hungry soul with goodness. 10. Those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, bound in misery and chains of iron, 11. for they defied the words of G-d and spurned the counsel of the Most High- 12. He humbled their heart through suffering; they stumbled and there was none to help. 13. They cried out to the Lord in their distress; He saved them from their afflictions. 14. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and sundered their bonds. 15. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man, 16. for He broke the brass gates and smashed the iron bars. 17. Foolish sinners are afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings. 18. Their soul loathes all food, and they reach the gates of death. 19. They cried out to the Lord in their distress; He saved them from their afflictions. 20. He sent forth His command and healed them; He delivered them from their graves. 21. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man. 22. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and joyfully recount His deeds. 23. Those who go down to the sea in ships, who perform tasks in mighty waters; 24. they saw the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep. 25. He spoke and caused the stormy wind to rise, and it lifted up the waves. 26. They rise to the sky, plunge to the depths; their soul melts in distress. 27. They reel and stagger like a drunkard, all their skill is to no avail. 28. They cried out to the Lord in their distress, and He brought them out from their calamity. 29. He transformed the storm into stillness, and the waves were quieted. 30. They rejoiced when they were silenced, and He led them to their destination. 31. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man. 32. Let them exalt Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders. 33. He turns rivers into desert, springs of water into parched land, 34. a fruitful land into a salt-marsh, because of the wickedness of those who inhabit it. 35. He turns a desert into a lake, and parched land into springs of water. 36. He settles the hungry there, and they establish a city of habitation. 37. They sow fields and plant vineyards which yield fruit and wheat. 38. He blesses them and they multiply greatly, and He does not decrease their cattle. 39. [If they sin,] they are diminished and cast down through oppression, misery, and sorrow. 40. He pours contempt upon distinguished men, and causes them to stray in a pathless wilderness. 41. He raises the needy from distress, and makes their families [as numerous] as flocks. 42. The upright observe this and rejoice, and all the wicked close their mouth. 43. Let him who is wise bear these in mind, and then the benevolent acts of the Lord will be understood.
1. A song, a psalm by David. 2. My heart is steadfast, O G-d; I will sing and chant praises even with my soul. 3. Awake, O lyre and harp; I shall awaken the dawn. 4. I will thank You among the nations, Lord; I will sing praises to You among the peoples. 5. Indeed, Your kindness reaches above the heavens; Your truth reaches to the skies. 6. Be exalted upon the heavens, O G-d, [show] Your glory upon all the earth. 7. That Your beloved ones may be delivered, help with Your right hand and answer me. 8. G-d spoke in His holiness that I would exult, I would divide portions [of the enemies' land], I would measure the Valley of Succot. 9. Mine is Gilead, mine is Manasseh, and Ephraim is the stronghold of my head, Judah is my prince. 10. Moab is my washbasin, I will cast my shoe upon Edom, I will shout over Philistia. 11. Who brings me to the fortified city? Who led me unto Edom? 12. Is it not G-d, Who has [until now] forsaken us, and did not go forth, O G-d, with our armies? 13. Give us help against the adversary; futile is the help of man. 14. Through G-d we will do valiantly, and He will trample our oppressors.
9. the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac.
10. He established it for Jacob as a statute, for Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11. stating, "To you I shall give the land of Canaan"-the portion of your inheritance,
37. His seed will endure forever and his throne will be [resplendent] as the sun before Me.
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