Psalm 107 W.K.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Give thanks unto the Lord our God, for very kind is he; And that his mercy hath no end all mortal men may see.
2 Such as the Lord redeemèd hath with thanks shall praise his Name And show how they from foes were freed And how he wrought the same.
3 He gathered them forth of the lands that lay so far about; From east to west, from north to south his hand did find them out.
4 They wandered in the wilderness, and strayèd from the way, Finding no city where to dwell, that might serve for their stay:
5 Whose thirst and hunger was so great within those deserts void, That faintness them assaulted, and their souls greatly annoyed.
6 Then did they cry in their distress unto the Lord for aid, Who did remove their troublous state, according as they prayed.
7 And by the way which was most right he led them like a guide; That they might to their city go, and safely there abide.
8 Let men therefore before the Lord confess his goodness then, And show the wonders that he does before the sons of men.
9 For he their empty souls sustained whom thirst had made to faint; Their hungry souls with goodness fed, and heard their sad complaint.
10 Such as do dwell in darkness deep, where they on death do wait, Fast bound to bear such grievous pains, as iron chains do threat;
The Second Part.
11 Because against the words of God they proudly did rebel, Esteeming light his counsels high, which do so far excel:
12 But when he humbled them full low, then they fell down with grief; And none was found that could them help, or give them some relief.
13 Then they did cry in their distress unto the Lord for aid, Who did remove their troublous state, according as they prayed:
14 For he from darkness brought them out, and from death's dreadful shade, Bursting with force the iron bands, which them before did lade.
15 Let men therefore before the Lord confess his goodness then, And show the wonders that the does before the sons of men.
16 For he threw down the gates of brass with strong and mighty hand, The iron bars in sunder brake nothing could him withstand.
17 The foolish folk great plagues do feel, by reason of their sin, And for the great transgressions which they still continue in.
18 Their soul abhorred all sorts of meat, no relish they could have; By which means they were almost brought unto the very grave.
19 Then did they cry in their distress unto the Lord for aid, Who did remove their troublous state according as they prayed.
20 For then he sent to them his word, which health did soon restore, And brought them from those dangers deep, wherein they were before.
The Third Part.
21 Let men therefore before the Lord confess his goodness then, And show the wonders that he does before the sons of men:
22 And let them offer sacrifice to him most thankfully, And speak of all his wondrous works with gladness and with joy.
23 Such as in ships and brittle barks unto the seas descend, Their merchandise through fearful floods to compass and to end:
24 These men are forcèd to behold the Lord's works what they be, And in the dreadful deep the same most marvelous they see.
25 For at his word the stormy wind arises in a rage, And stirreth up the surges so that nought can them assuage.
26 Then they are lifted up so high the clouds they seem to gain, And plunging down the depth until their souls consume with pain:
27 And like a drunkard to and fro now here, now there they reel; As men who had their reason lost, and hand no sense to feel.
28 Then did they cry in their distress unto the Lord for aid Who did remove their troublous state, according as they prayed.
29 For at his word the Lord does make the sturdy storms to cease, So that the waves from their great rage are brought to rest and peace.
30 Then are they glad when rest is come, which they so much did crave, And to the hav'n by him are brought, which they so fain would have.
The Fourth Part
31 Let men therefore before the Lord confess his goodness then, And show the wonders that he does before the sons of men.
32 Let them in presence of the folk with praise extol his Name, And where the elders use to sit, there let them do the same.
33 The wilderness he often makes with waters to abound, And water-springs he often turns to dry and parchèd ground.
34 A fruitful land with pleasure decked, full barren does he make. When on their sins that dwell therein he does just vengeance take.
35 Again, the wilderness full rude he maketh fruit to bear, With pleasant springs of water clear, though none before were there;
36 Wherein such hungry souls are set as he hath freely chose, That they a city may them build to dwell in safe from foes;
37 That they may sow their pleasant land, and vineyards also plant, To yield them fruits of such increase that they may have no want.
38 They multiply exceedingly, the Lord does bless them so Who also maketh the brute beasts in number great to grow.
39 But when the faithful are brought low by the oppressors stout, diminishing through many plagues that compass them about;
40 Then does he princes bring to shame, which did them sore oppress, And likewise causèd them to err when in the wilderness.
41 But yet the poor he raises up out of his troubles deep, And often does his train augment, like to a flock of sheep.
42 The righteous shall behold this sight, and also much rejoice; Whereas the wicked and perverse with grief shall stop their voice.
43 But who is wise, that now full well he may these things record? For certainly such shall perceive the kindness of the Lord.