104:33 只要我活着，我要歌颂上主，只要我存在 我要咏赞上主。
Psalms Volumes 4 (Ps.90-106) ENDS. Seraphim, April 2009.
JB PSALMS Chapter 90
PSALM 90 (v89)
The human condition
Of Moses, man of God
90:1 Lord, you have been our refuge age after age.
90:2 Before the mountains were born, before the earth or the world came to birth, you were God from all eternity and for ever.
90:3 You can turn man back into dust by saying, 'Back to what you were, you sons of men!'
90:4 To you, a thousand years are a single day, a yesterday now over, an hour of the night.
90:5 You brush men away like waking dreams, they are like grass
90:6 sprouting and flowering in the morning, withered and dry before dusk.
90:7 We too are burnt up by your anger and terrified by your fury;
90:8 having summoned up our sins you inspect our secrets by your own light.
90:9 Our days dwindle under your wrath, our lives are over in a breath
90:10 our life lasts for seventy years, eighty with good health, but they all add up to anxiety and trouble-over in a trice, and then we are gone.
90:11 Who yet has felt the full force of your fury, or learnt to fear the violence of your rage?
90:12 Teach us to count how few days we have and so gain wisdom of heart.
90:13 Relent, Yahweh! How much longer do we have? Take pity on your servants!
90:14 Let us wake in the morning filled with your love and sing and be happy all our days;
90:15 make our future as happy as our past was sad, those years when you were punishing us.
90:16 Let your servants see what you can do for them, let their children see your glory.
90:17 May the sweetness of the Lord be on us! Make all we do succeed.
JB PSALMS Chapter 91
PSALM 91 (v90)
91:1 If you live in the shelter of Elyon[*a] and make your home in the shadow of Shaddai,
91:2 you can say to Yahweh, 'My refuge, my fortress, my God to whom I trust!'
91:3 He rescues you from the snares of fowlers hoping to destroy you;
91:4a he covers you with his feathers,
91:4b and you find shelter underneath his wings.
91:5 You need not fear the terrors of night, the arrow that flies in the daytime,
91:6 the plague that stalks in the dark, the scourge that wreaks havoc in broad daylight.
91:7 Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, you yourself will remain unscathed,
91:4c with his faithfulness for shield and buckler.
91:8 You have only to look around see how the wicked are repaid,
91:9 you who can say, 'Yahweh my refuge', and make Elyon your fortress.
91:10 No disaster can overtake you, no plague come near your tent:
91:11 he will put you in his angels' charge to guard you wherever you go.
91:12 They will support you on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone;
91:13 you will tread on lion and adder, trample on savage lions and dragons.
91:14 'I rescue all who cling to me, I protect whoever knows my name,
91:15 I answer everyone who invokes me, I am with them when they are in trouble; I bring them safety and honour.
91:16 I give them life, long and full, and show them how I can save.'
JB PSALMS Chapter 92
PSALM 92 (v91)
The virtuous man rejoices
For the sabbath
92:1 It is good to give thanks to Yahweh, to play in honour of your name, Most High,
92:2 to proclaim your love at daybreak and your faithfulness all through the night
92:3 to the music of the zither and lyre, to the rippling of the harp.
92:4 I am happy, Yahweh, at what you have done; at your achievements I joyfully exclaim,
92:5 'Great are your achievements, Yahweh, immensely deep your thoughts!'
92:6 Stupid men are not aware of this, fools can never appreciate it.
92:7 The wicked may sprout as thick as weeds and every evil-doer flourish, but only to be everlastingly destroyed,
92:8 whereas you are supreme for ever.
92:9 See how your enemies perish, how all evil men are routed.
92:10 You raise my horn as if I were a wild ox, you pour fresh oil on my head;
92:11 I was able to see those who were spying on me, to overhear what the wicked were whispering,
92:12 so the virtuous flourish like palm trees and grow as tall as the cedars of Lebanon.
92:13 Planted in the house of Yahweh, they will flourish in the courts of our God,
92:14 still bearing fruit in old age, still remaining fresh and green,
92:15 to proclaim that Yahweh is righteous, my rock in whom no fault is to be found!
JB PSALMS Chapter 93
PSALM 93 (v92)
The majesty of God
93:1 Yahweh is king, robed in majesty, Yahweh is robed in power, he wears it like a belt.
93:2 You have made the world firm, unshakeable; your throne has stood since then, you existed from the first, Yahweh.
93:3 Yahweh, the rivers raise, the rivers raise their voices, the rivers raise their thunders;
93:4 greater than the voice of ocean, transcending the waves of the sea, Yahweh reigns transcendent in the heights.
93:5 Your decrees will never alter; holiness will distinguish your house, Yahweh, for ever and ever.
JB PSALMS Chapter 94
PSALM 94 (v93)
94:1 The justice of God Yahweh, God of revenge, God of revenge, appear!
94:2 Rise, judge of the world, give the proud their deserts!
94:3 Yahweh, how much longer are the wicked, how much longer are the wicked to triumph?
94:4 Are these evil men to remain unsilenced, boasting and asserting themselves?
94:5 Yahweh, they crush your people, they oppress your hereditary people,
94:6 murdering and massacring widows, orphans and guests.
94:7 'Yahweh sees nothing,' they say 'the God of Jacob takes no notice.'
94:8 You most stupid of men, you fools, think this over and learn some sense.
94:9 Is the inventor of the ear unable to hear? The creator of the eye unable to see?
94:10 The punisher of the pagans unable to punish? Yahweh the teacher of mankind
94:11 knows exactly how men think, how their thoughts are a puff of wind.
94:12 Yahweh, happy the man whom you instruct, the man whom you teach through your law;
94:13 his mind is at peace though times are bad, while a pit is being dug for the wicked.
94:14 For Yahweh has not abandoned or deserted his hereditary people;
94:15 for verdict will return to righteousness again, and, in its wake, all upright hearts.
94:16 No one ever stood up for me against the wicked, not a soul took a stand to save me from evil men;
94:17 without Yahweh's help, I should, long ago, have gone to the Home of Silence.
94:18 I need only say, 'I am slipping', and your love, Yahweh, immediately supports me;
94:19 and in the middle of all my troubles you console me and make me happy.
94:20 You never consent to that corrupt tribunal that imposes disorder as law,
94:21 that takes the life of the virtuous and condemns the innocent to death.
94:22 No! Yahweh is still my citadel, my God is a rock where I take shelter;
94:23 he will pay them back for all their sins, he will silence their wickedness, Yahweh our God will silence them.
JB PSALMS Chapter 95
PSALM 95 (v94)
Psalm for daily use
95:1 Come, let us praise Yahweh joyfully, acclaiming the Rock of our safety;
95:2 let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, acclaiming him with music.
95:3 For Yahweh is a great God, a greater King than all other gods;
95:4 from depths of earth to mountain top everything comes under his rule;
95:5 the sea belongs to him, he made it, so does the land, he shaped this too.
95:6 Come in, let us bow, prostrate ourselves, and kneel in front of Yahweh our maker,
95:7 for this is our God, and we are the people he pastures, the flock that he guides. If only you would listen to him today,
95:8 'Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,[*a]
95:9 when your ancestors challenged me, tested me, although they had seen what I could do.
95:10 'For forty years that generation repelled me, until I said: How unreliable these people who refuse to grasp my ways!
95:11 And so, in anger, I swore that not one would reach the place of rest I had for them.'
JB PSALMS Chapter 96
PSALM 96 (v95)
Yahweh, king and judge
96:1 Sing Yahweh a new song! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!
96:2 Sing to Yahweh, bless his name. Proclaim his salvation day after day,
96:3 tell of his glory among the nations, tell his marvels to every people.
96:4 Yahweh is great, loud must be his praise, he is to be feared beyond all gods.
96:5 Nothingness, all the gods of the nations. Yahweh himself made the heavens,
96:6 in his presence are splendour and majesty, in his sanctuary power and beauty.
96:7 Pay tribute to Yahweh, families of the peoples, tribute to Yahweh of glory and power,
96:8 tribute to Yahweh of his name's due glory. Bring out the offering, bear it before him,
96:9 worship Yahweh in his sacred court, tremble before him, all the earth!
96:10 Say among the nations, 'Yahweh is king!' Firm has he made the world, and unshakeable; he will judge each nation with strict justice.
96:11 Let the heavens be glad, let earth rejoice, let the sea thunder and all that it holds,
96:12 let the fields exult and all that is in them, let all the woodland trees cry out for joy,
96:13 at the presence of Yahweh, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth, to judge the world with justice and the nations with his truth.
JB PSALMS Chapter 97
PSALM 97 (v96)
The triumph of Yahweh
97:1 Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, the many isles be glad!
97:2 Cloud and Darkness surround him, Righteousness and Justice support his throne.
97:3 A fire precedes him as he goes, devouring all enemies around him;
97:4 his lightning lights up the world, earth observes and quakes.
97:5 The mountains melt like wax at the coming of the Master of the world;
97:6 the heavens proclaim his righteousness, all nations see his glory.
97:7 Shame on those who worship images, who take pride in their idols: bow down as he passes, all you gods!
97:8 Zion hears and rejoices, the daughters of Judah exult at the rulings you utter, Yahweh.
97:9 For you are Yahweh Most High over the world, far transcending all other gods.
97:10 Yahweh loves those who repudiate evil, he guards the souls of the devout, rescuing them from the clutches of the wicked.
97:11 Light dawns for the virtuous, and joy, for upright hearts.
97:12 Rejoice in Yahweh, you virtuous, remember his holiness, and praise him!
JB PSALMS Chapter 98
PSALM 98 (v97)
The judge of the world[*a]
98:1 Sing Yahweh a new song for he has performed marvels, his own right hand, his holy arm, gives him the power to save.
98:2 Yahweh has displayed his power; has revealed his righteousness to the nations,
98:3 mindful of his love and faithfulness to the House of Israel. The most distant parts of the earth have seen the saving power of our God.
98:4 Acclaim Yahweh, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy!
98:5 Sing to Yahweh, sing to the music of harps, and to the sound of many instruments;
98:6 to the sound of trumpet and horn acclaim Yahweh the King!
98:7 Let the sea thunder and all that it holds, and the world, with all who live in it;
98:8 let all the rivers clap their hands and the mountains shout for joy,
98:9 at the presence of Yahweh, for he comes to judge the earth, to judge the world with righteousness and the nations with strict justice.
JB PSALMS Chapter 99
PSALM 99 (v98)
God, righteous and holy king
99:1 Yahweh is king, the nations tremble; he is enthroned on the cherubs, earth quakes;
99:2 Yahweh is great in Zion. He is high over all nations;
99:3 may they praise your great and terrible name, 'Holy is he,
99:4 and mighty!' You are a king who loves justice, insisting on honesty, justice, virtue, as you have done for Jacob.
99:5 Let us extol Yahweh our God, and worship at his footstool, 'Holy is he!'
99:6 Moses, Aaron one of his priests, and Samuel his votary, all invoked Yahweh: and he answered them.
99:7 He talked with them in the pillar of cloud; they obeyed his decrees, the Law he gave them.
99:8 Yahweh our God, you responded to them, a God of forgiveness for them, in spite of punishing their sins.
99:9 Extol Yahweh our God, worship at his holy mountain, 'Holy is Yahweh our God!'
JB PSALMS Chapter 100
PSALM 100 (v99)
Invitation to praise God
100:1 Acclaim Yahweh, all the earth,
100:2 serve Yahweh gladly, come into his presence with songs of joy!
100:3 Know that he, Yahweh, is God, he made us and we belong to him, we are his people, the flock that he pastures.
100:4 Walk through his porticos giving thanks, enter his courts praising him, give thanks to him, bless his name!
100:5 Yes, Yahweh is good, his love is everlasting, his faithfulness endures from age to age.
JB PSALMS Chapter 101
PSALM 101 (v100)
The ideal ruler
101:1 My song is about kindness and justice; Yahweh, I sing it to you.
101:2 I mean to make good progress, as the blameless do: when will you come to me? In my household, I will advance in purity of heart;
101:3 I will not let my eyes rest on any misconduct. I hate the practices of the apostate, they have no appeal for me;
101:4 perverted hearts must keep their distance, the wicked I disregard.
101:5 The man who secretly slanders his neighbour I reduce to silence; haughty looks, proud heart, I cannot tolerate these.
101:6 I look to my religious countrymen to compose my household; only the man who makes progress, as the blameless do, can be my servant.
101:7 There is no room in my house for any hypocrite; no liar keeps his post where I can see him.
101:8 Morning after morning[*a] I reduce to silence all who are wicked in this country, banishing from the city of Yahweh all evil men.
JB PSALMS Chapter 102
PSALM 102 (v101)
Prayer in misfortune
Prayer of the downtrodden telling Yahweh their troubles at a moment of distress
102:1 Yahweh, hear my prayer, let my cry for help reach you;
102:2 do not hide your face from me when I am in trouble; bend down to listen to me, when I call, be quick to answer me!
102:3 For my days are vanishing like smoke, my bones smouldering like logs,
102:4 my heart shrivelling like scorched grass and my appetite has gone;
102:5 whenever I heave a sigh, my bones stick through my skin.
102:6 I live in a desert like the pelican, in a ruin like the screech owl,
102:7 I stay awake, lamenting like a lone bird on the roof;
102:8 my enemies insult me all day long, those who used to praise me now use me as a curse.
102:9 Ashes are the bread I eat, what I drink I lace with tears,
102:10 under your furious anger, since you only picked me up to throw me down;
102:11 my days dwindle away like a shadow, I am as dry as hay.
102:12 Whereas, Yahweh, you remain for ever; each generation in turn remembers you!
102:13 Rise, take pity on Zion! - the time has come to have mercy on her, the hour has come;
102:14 for your servants prize her stones and are moved to pity by her dust.
102:15 Then will the nations fear the name of Yahweh and all kings on earth respect your glory;
102:16 when Yahweh builds Zion anew, he will be seen in his glory;
102:17 he will answer the prayer of the abandoned, he will not scorn their petitions.
102:18 Put this on record for the next generation, so that a race still to be born can praise God:
102:19 Yahweh has leaned down from the heights of his sanctuary, has looked down at earth from heaven,
102:20 to hear the sighing of the captive, and to set free those doomed to die.
102:28 Your servants' sons will have a permanent home, and their descendants be in your presence always,
102:21 to proclaim the name of Yahweh in Zion, his praise in Jerusalem;
102:22 nations and kingdoms will be united and offer worship to Yahweh together.
102:23a My strength has already run out;
102:24a tell me
102:23b how much longer I have left.
102:24b Do not take me prematurely, when your own life lasts for ever.
102:25 Aeons ago, you laid earth's foundations, the heavens are the work of your hands;
102:26 all will vanish, though you remain, all wear out like a garment, like clothes that need changing you will change them;
102:27 but yourself, you never change, and your years are unending.
JB PSALMS Chapter 103
PSALM 103 (v102)
God is love
103:1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, bless his holy name, all that is in me!
103:2 Bless Yahweh, my soul, and remember all his kindnesses:
103:3 in forgiving all your offences, in curing all your diseases,
103:4 in redeeming your life from the Pit, in crowning you with love and tenderness,
103:5 in filling your years with prosperity, in renewing your youth like an eagle's[*a]
103:6 Yahweh, who does what is right, is always on the side of the oppressed;
103:7 he revealed his intentions to Moses, his prowess to the sons of Israel.
103:8 Yahweh is tender and compassionate, slow to anger, most loving;
103:9 his indignation does not last for ever, his resentment exists a short time only;
103:10 he never treats us, never punishes us, as our guilt and our sins deserve.
103:11 No less than the height of heaven over earth is the greatness of his love for those who fear him;
103:12 he takes our sins farther away than the east is from the west.
103:13 As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him;
103:14 he knows what we are made of, he remembers we are dust.
103:15 Man lasts no longer than grass, no longer than a wild flower he lives,
103:16 one gust of wind, and he is gone, never to be seen there again;
103:17 yet Yahweh's love for those who fear him lasts from all eternity and for ever, like his goodness to their children's children,
103:18 as long as they keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
103:19 Yahweh has fixed his throne in the heavens, his empire is over all.
103:20 Bless Yahweh, all his angels, heroes mighty to enforce his word, attentive to his word of command.
103:21 Bless Yahweh, all his armies, servants to enforce his will.
103:22 Bless Yahweh, all his creatures in every part of his empire! Bless Yahweh, my soul.
JB PSALMS Chapter 104
PSALM 104 (v103)
The glories of creation
104:1 Bless Yahweh, my soul. Yahweh my God, how great you are! Clothed in majesty and glory,
104:2 wrapped in a robe of light! You stretch the heavens out like a tent,
104:3 you build your palace on the waters above; using the clouds as your chariot, you advance on the wings of the wind;
104:4 you use the winds as messengers and fiery flames as servants.
104:5 You fixed the earth on its foundations, unshakeable for ever and ever;
104:6 you wrapped it with the deep as with a robe, the waters overtopping the mountains.
104:7 At your reproof the waters took to flight, they fled at the sound of your thunder,
104:8 cascading over the mountains, into the valleys, down to the reservoir you made for them;
104:9 you imposed the limits they must never cross again, or they would once more flood the land.
104:10 You set springs gushing in ravines, running down between the mountains,
104:11 supplying water for wild animals, attracting the thirsty wild donkeys;
104:12 near there the birds of the air make their nests and sing among the branches.
104:13 From your palace you water the uplands until the ground has had all that your heavens have to offer;
104:14 you make fresh grass grow for cattle and those plants made use of by man, for them to get food from the soil:
104:15 wine to make them cheerful, oil to make them happy and bread to make them strong.
104:16 The trees of Yahweh get rain enough, those cedars of Lebanon he planted;
104:17 here the little birds build their nest and, on the highest branches, the stork has its home.
104:18 For the wild goats there are the mountains, in the crags rock-badgers hide.
104:19 You made the moon to tell the seasons, the sun knows when to set:
104:20 you bring darkness on, night falls, all the forest animals come out:
104:21 savage lions roaring for their prey, claiming their food from God.
104:22 The sun rises, they retire, going back to lie down in their lairs,
104:23 and man goes out to work, and to labour until dusk.
104:24 Yahweh, what variety you have created, arranging everything so wisely! Earth is completely full of things you have made:
104:25 among them vast expanse of ocean, teeming with countless creatures, creatures large and small,
104:26 with the ships going to and fro and Leviathan whom you made to amuse you.
104:27 All creatures depend on you to feed them throughout the year;
104:28 you provide the food they eat, with generous hand you satisfy their hunger.
104:29 You turn your face away, they suffer, you stop their breath, they die and revert to dust.
104:30 You give breath, fresh life begins, you keep renewing the world.
104:31 Glory for ever to Yahweh! May Yahweh find joy in what he creates,
104:32 at whose glance the earth trembles, at whose touch the mountains smoke!
104:33 I mean to sing to Yahweh all my life, I mean to play for my God as long as I live.
104:34 May these reflections of mine give him pleasure, as much as Yahweh gives me!
104:35 May sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked exist no more! Bless Yahweh, my soul.
JB PSALMS Chapter 105
PSALM 105 (v104)
The wonderful history of Israel
105:1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, call his name aloud, proclaim his deeds to the peoples!
105:2 Sing to him, play to him, tell over all his marvels!
105:3 Glory in his holy name, let the hearts that seek Yahweh rejoice!
105:4 Seek Yahweh and his strength, seek his face untiringly;
105:5 remember the marvels he has done, his wonders, the judgements from his mouth.
105:6 Stock of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob his chosen one!
105:7 He is Yahweh our God, his authority is over all the earth.
105:8 Remember his covenant for ever, his word of command for a thousand generations,
105:9 the pact he made with Abraham, his oath to Isaac.
105:10 He established it as a statute for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel.
105:11 'I give you a land,' he said 'Canaan, your allotted heritage.
105:12 There where you were easily counted, few in number, strangers to the country.'
105:13 They went from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people;
105:14 he let no man oppress them, he punished kings on their behalf.
105:15 'Do not touch my anointed ones,' he said 'do not harm my prophets!'
105:16 Next, he called down famine on the country, he broke their staff, that is, their bread;
105:17 he sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, sold as a slave.
105:18 They tortured his feet with fetters, they put his neck in irons;
105:19 time passed, Joseph's oracle came true, Yahweh's word proved him right.
105:20 The king gave orders to release him, that master of nations set him free,
105:21 putting him in charge of his household, in control of all he possessed,
105:22 to train his officials as he thought fit and convert his elders into sages.
105:23 Israel then migrated to Egypt, Jacob settled in the land of Ham.
105:24 He made his people fertile and more vigorous than their oppressors,
105:25 whose hearts he then disposed to hatred of his people and double-dealing with his servants.
105:26 He sent his servant Moses, and Aaron, the man of his choice;
105:27 there they displayed his signs, his wonders in the land of Ham.
105:28 He sent darkness, darkness fell, but still they defied his word.
105:29 He turned their rivers into blood, thus killing all their fish.
105:30 Their country was overrun with frogs even in the royal apartments;
105:31 he spoke: flies and mosquitoes swarmed throughout the country.
105:32 He sent them hail instead of rain, fire swept across their land;
105:33 he blasted their vines and fig trees, he shattered the trees throughout the country.
105:34 He spoke: there came locusts, grasshoppers, more than you could count,
105:35 eating every scrap of greenstuff, every blade their soil produced.
105:36 Next, he struck down all the first-born in their land, the entire first-fruits of their fertility;
105:37 then he led Israel out with gold and silver, and not one man of their tribes was left behind.
105:38 Egypt was glad to see them go, they had filled her with alarm;
105:39 he spread a cloud to cover them, and a fire to glow at night.
105:40 They demanded food, he sent them quails, he satisfied them with the bread of heaven;
105:41 he opened the rock, the waters gushed to flow through the desert like a river.
105:42 Yes, faithful to the sacred promise given to his servant Abraham,
105:43 he led his happy people forward, to joyful shouts from his chosen,
105:44 and gave them the pagans' territories. Where others had toiled, they took possession,
105:45 on condition that they kept his statutes and remained obedient to his laws.
JB PSALMS Chapter 106
PSALM 106 (v105)
106:1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, his love is everlasting!
106:2 Who can count all Yahweh's triumphs? Who can praise him enough?
106:3 Happy are we if we exercise justice and constantly practise virtue!
106:4 Yahweh, remember me, for the love you bear your people, come to me as a saviour,
106:5 let me share the happiness of your chosen, the joys of your nation and take pride in being one of your heirs.
106:6 We have sinned quite as much as our fathers, we have been wicked, we are guilty;
106:7 our ancestors in Egypt never grasped the meaning of your marvels. They failed to appreciate your great love, they defied the Most High at the Sea of Reeds.
106:8 For the sake of his name, he saved them to demonstrate his power.
106:9 One word from him dried up the Sea of Reeds, he led them across the sea bed like dry land,
106:10 he saved them from the grasp of those who hated them and rescued them from the clutches of the enemy.
106:11 And the waters swallowed their oppressors, not one of them was left.
106:12 Then, having faith in his promises, they immediately sang his praises.
106:13 They forgot his achievements as quickly, going on before asking his advice;
106:14 their desires overcame them in the desert, they challenged god in the wilds
106:15 He granted them what they asked for, then struck them with a wasting fever;
106:16 in camp, they grew jealous of Moses and Aaron, Yahweh's holy one.
106:17 The earth opened, swallowing Dathan, closing on Abiram's faction,
106:18 fire flamed out against their faction, the renegades went up in flames.
106:19 They made a calf at Horeb, performed prostrations to a smelted thing,
106:20 exchanging the one who was their glory for the image of a grass-eating ox.
106:21 They forgot the God who had saved them by performing such feats in Egypt,
106:22 such wonders in the land of Ham, such fearful things at the Sea of Reeds.
106:23 He talked of putting an end to them and would have done, if Moses his chosen had not stood in the breach, confronting him, and deflecting his destructive anger.
106:24 They refused a land of delight, having no faith in his promise;
106:25 they stayed in their camp and grumbled, they would not listen to Yahweh's voice.
106:26 So, raising his hand, he swore to make them fall dead in the desert
106:27 and their descendants to fall to the heathen, and to disperse them throughout those countries.
106:28 They accepted the yoke of Baal-peor and ate sacrifices to the dead.
106:29 They provoked him by their behaviour; plague broke out among them.
106:30 Then up stood Phinehas to intervene, and the plague was checked;
106:31 hence his reputation for virtue through successive generations for ever.
106:32 They enraged him at the waters of Meribah; as a result, things went wrong for Moses,
106:33 since they had embittered his spirit and he spoke without stopping to think.
106:34 They did not destroy the pagans as Yahweh had told them to do,
106:35 but, intermarrying with them, adopted their practices instead.
106:36 Serving the pagans' idols, they found themselves trapped
106:37 into sacrificing their own sons and daughters to demons.
106:38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, offering them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the country with blood.
106:39 They defiled themselves by such actions, their behaviour was that of a whore.
106:40 Yahweh's anger blazed out at his people, he came to loathe his heirs.
106:41 He handed them over to the pagans, those who hated them became their masters;
106:42 their enemies tyrannised over them, crushing them under their rule.
106:43 Time and again he rescued them, but they went on defying him deliberately and plunging deeper into wickedness;
106:44 even so, he took pity on their distress each time he heard them calling.
106:45 For their sake, he remembered his covenant, he relented in his great love,
106:46 making their captors mitigate the harshness of their treatment.
106:47 Yahweh our God and saviour, gather us from among the pagans, to give thanks to your holy name and to find our happiness in praising you.
106:48 Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel, from all eternity and for ever! Here, all the people are to say, 'Amen'[*a]
JB PSALMS Chapter 107
PSALM 107 (v106)
God, a refuge in all dangers
107:1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, his love is everlasting:
107:2 let these be the words of Yahweh's redeemed, those he has redeemed from the oppressor's clutches,
107:3 by bringing them home from foreign countries, from east and west, from north and south.
107:4 Some had lost their way in the wilds and the desert, not knowing how to reach an inhabited town;
107:5 they were hungry and desperately thirsty, their courage was running low.
107:6 Then they called to Yahweh in their trouble and he rescued them from their sufferings,
107:7 guiding them by a route leading direct to an inhabited town.
107:8 Let these thank Yahweh for his love, for his marvels on behalf of men;
107:9 satisfying the hungry, he fills the starving with good things.
107:10 Some were living in gloom and darkness, fettered in misery and irons
107:11 for defying the orders of God, for scorning the advice of the Most High;
107:12 who bent them double with hardship, to breaking point, with no one to help them.
107:13 Then they called to Yahweh in their trouble
107:14 releasing them from gloom and darkness, shattering their chains.
107:15 Let these thank Yahweh for his love, for his marvels on behalf of men;
107:16 breaking bronze gates open, he smashes iron bars.
107:17 Some, driven frantic by their sins, made miserable by their own guilt
107:18 and finding all food repugnant, were nearly at death's door.
107:19 Then they called to Yahweh in their trouble and he rescued them from their sufferings;
107:20 sending his word and curing them, he snatched them from the Pit.
107:21 Let these thank Yahweh for his love, for his marvels on behalf of men.
107:22 Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices and proclaim with shouts of joy what he has done.
107:23 Others, taking ship and going to sea, were plying their business across the ocean;
107:24 they too saw what Yahweh could do, what marvels on the deep!
107:25 He spoke and raised a gale, lashing up towering waves.
107:26 Flung to the sky, then plunged to the depths, they lost their nerve in the ordeal,
107:27 staggering and reeling like drunkards with all their seamanship adrift.
107:28 Then they called to Yahweh in their trouble and he rescued them from their sufferings,
107:29 reducing the storm to a whisper until the waves grew quiet,
107:30 bringing them, glad at the calm, safe to the port they were bound for.
107:31 Let these thank Yahweh for his love, for his marvels on behalf of men.
107:32 Let them extol him at the Great Assembly and praise him in the Council of Elders.
107:33 Sometimes he turned rivers into desert, springs of water into arid ground,
107:34 or a fertile country into salt-flats, because the people living there were wicked.
107:35 Or again, he turned a desert into sheets of water, and an arid country into flowing springs,
107:36 where he gave the hungry a home in which to found a habitable town.
107:37 There, they sow the fields and plant their vines, there, they show a profitable harvest.
107:38 He blesses them, they grow in number, he sees that their livestock does not decrease.
107:39 Their numbers had fallen, they had grown weak under pressure of disaster and hardship.
107:40 Pouring his contempt upon the nobly born, he left them to wander in a trackless waste.
107:41 But now, he lifts the needy out of their misery, and gives them a flock of new families;
107:42 at the sight of which, upright hearts rejoice and wickedness must hold its tongue.
107:43 If you are wise, study these things and realise how Yahweh shows his love.
END OF JB PSALMS Volumes 4, 5 (90-150) [Total 150 Chapters].