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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; . . . 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.

Psalm 107 is believed to be a specific expression of gratitude to God for such deliverance as survival in the desert, release from prison, and healing of serious illness. The poem is a celebration of the Hebrew concept hesed, signifying God’s mercy and steadfast love. (References to hesed appear over two hundred times in Hebrew Scripture, most often in psalms.)

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: . . . Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. . . . Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. . . . O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

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Resources cited in this issue

Cit. 1: Levine, Amy-Jill, and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. The Jewish Annotated New Testament: New Revised Standard Version Bible Translation. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Cits. 2, 3: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 4, Psalms, Proverbs. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 9: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 3, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 14: Barker, Kenneth L., John H. Stek, Walter W. Wessel, and Ronald F. Youngblood. NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.

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