Psalms 107:34

34 1a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.

Psalms 107:34 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 107:34

A fruitful land into barrenness
Or, "into saltness" F20; as Sodom and the land adjacent became a salt sea; and the land of Canaan was threatened to become brimstone, salt and burning, like Sodom; in which nothing was sown, and which bore no grass; see ( Genesis 14:3 ) ( Deuteronomy 29:3 ) and so the Targum,

``the land of Israel, which brought forth fruit, he hath destroyed, as Sodom was overthrown.''

For the wickedness of them that dwell therein;
this was the cause of the overthrow of Sodom, and of the destruction of that fine country, as also of Canaan afterwards; see ( Genesis 13:13 ) ( Deuteronomy 29:22 Deuteronomy 29:23 ) . The very Heathens had a notion that barrenness and unfruitfulness in countries were owing to the sins of men; hence the sterility and famine at Mycenas were attributed to the wickedness of Atreus F21. This may figuratively be understood of the present state and condition of the Jews; who were once a people well watered with the word and ordinances, and had the first preaching of the Gospel among them; but, rejecting and despising it, are now become like a desert, barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of divine things: and it might be illustrated by the case of several Christian churches; the seven churches of Asia, and others, once as well watered gardens, but now are no more; and the places where they stood are destitute of spiritual knowledge, and the means of it.


F20 (hxlml) "in salsuginem", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Vatablus, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Junius & Tremellius; "in salsam", Cocceius.
F21 Hygin. Fab. 88.

Psalms 107:34 In-Context

32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in;

Cross References 1

  • 1. [Genesis 13:10; Genesis 14:3; Deuteronomy 29:23]; See Genesis 19:24-28
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