Psalms 107:2-3

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.[a]

Psalms 107:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
ESV
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
NLT
2 Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.
MSG
2 All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression,
CSB
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He has redeemed them from the hand of the foe

Psalms 107:2-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 107

This psalm, from its style, and from its connection with the preceding psalms, seems to have been written by David. The two foregoing psalms respect the children of Israel; this is generally thought to concern all mankind, and its view to assert a general providence which attends all, in whatsoever condition and circumstance; and to encourage men in their distresses to cry unto the Lord. According to Kimchi, Aben Ezra, and others, four sorts of persons are mentioned, travellers through a wilderness, prisoners, sick persons, and such who use the seas; to which some add a fifth, husbandmen; these are instanced in, not to the exclusion of others, but from them it may be concluded that whatsoever state or condition persons may be in, they are known and taken notice of by the Lord, and are relieved by him when they call upon him. Some restrain the whole to the Israelites, as the Targum, R. Obadiah, Arama, and others, where they make any application; and others apply the psalm to New Testament times; and indeed, though the literal sense should be attended unto and preserved, yet it seems to be applicable to spiritual persons and things. The title of it in the Syriac version is pretty remarkable,

``it is said concerning Joab and Abiah the sons of Samuel, who recited the commandments of the Lord. God gathered the Jews out of captivity, and brought them out from Babylon. Also the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, gathered the Gentiles from the four corners of the world, by preaching to baptism.''

Psalms 107:2-3 In-Context

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 106:10; S Isaiah 35:9
  • 2. S Nehemiah 1:9; Psalms 106:47; Isaiah 43:5-6

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "north and the sea"
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