Psalm 107:41
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New International Version
But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.

New Living Translation
But he rescues the poor from trouble and increases their families like flocks of sheep.

English Standard Version
but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks.

New American Standard Bible
But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction, And makes his families like a flock.

King James Bible
Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He lifts the needy out of their suffering and makes their families multiply like flocks.

International Standard Version
Yet he lifted the needy from affliction and made them families like a flock.

NET Bible
Yet he protected the needy from oppression, and cared for his families like a flock of sheep.

New Heart English Bible
Yet he lifts the needy out of their affliction, and increases their families like a flock.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he strengthened the poor and he made their families like flocks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But now he lifts needy people high above suffering and makes their families like flocks.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet setteth He the needy on high from affliction, And maketh his families like a flock.

New American Standard 1977
But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction,
            And makes his families like a flock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet he sets the poor on high from affliction and makes his families like a flock.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet sets he the poor on high from affliction, and makes their families like a flock.

American King James Version
Yet sets he the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock.

American Standard Version
Yet setteth he the needy on high from affliction, And maketh him families like a flock.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he helped the poor out of poverty: and made him families like a flock of sheep.

Darby Bible Translation
But he secureth the needy one on high from affliction, and maketh [him] families like flocks.

English Revised Version
Yet setteth he the needy on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet he setteth the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

World English Bible
Yet he lifts the needy out of their affliction, and increases their families like a flock.

Young's Literal Translation
And setteth on high the needy from affliction, And placeth families as a flock.
Study Bible
His Loving Kindness Endures Forever
40He pours contempt upon princes And makes them wander in a pathless waste. 41But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction, And makes his families like a flock. 42The upright see it and are glad; But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them.

Job 21:11
"They send forth their little ones like the flock, And their children skip about.

Psalm 59:1
For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David, when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.

Psalm 78:52
But He led forth His own people like sheep And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;

Psalm 113:7
He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap,

Psalm 113:8
To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people.

Psalm 113:9
He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!
Treasury of Scripture

Yet sets he the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock.

setteth

Psalm 113:7,8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of …

Ruth 4:14-17 And the women said to Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which has not left …

1 Samuel 2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from …

Esther 8:15-17 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel …

Job 5:11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be …

Job 8:7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.

Job 11:15-19 For then shall you lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall …

Job 42:10-12 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his …

Jeremiah 52:31-34 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity …

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience …

from. or, after.
maketh

Psalm 78:52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in …

Psalm 128:6 Yes, you shall see your children's children, and peace on Israel.

Genesis 23:5-7 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him…

Genesis 48:11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see your face: and, …

1 Samuel 2:21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bore three …

Job 21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

Job 42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, …

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children …

Isaiah 49:20-22 The children which you shall have, after you have lost the other, …

(41) Like a flock.--This figure of a rapid increase of population is also borrowed from Job 21:11.

Verse 41. - Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction. Even in such dread calamities, when a whole nation is punished, God's providence protects the poor and needy - not of course in all, but still in very many, cases. The mower's scythe passes over the humblest flowers. And maketh him families like a flock (setup. Job 21:11). Those whom God thus preserves he collects into "families," and looks after as carefully as a shepherd looks after his sheep. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction,.... On the other hand, the Lord sometimes exalteth men of low degree, raiseth men of mean extract and parentage, who have made a poor figure in life, to high places of honour, free from adversity and distress; as David from the sheepfold, and from following the ewes great with young, to be king of Israel. This may be applied to the saints and people of God, who for the most part are poor in purse, the poor of this world, whom he chooses, calls, and saves; poor knowledge, capacity, and gifts; poor as to their spiritual circumstances, having neither food nor clothing, nor money to buy either; poor in spirit, and sensible of it; and poor by reason of afflictions: these the Lord sets on high, sets them among the princes of his people, makes them kings and priests; sets them on Christ the Rock, who is higher than they, higher than the angels and than the heavens; sets them above the angels, their nature being advanced above theirs in Christ, and they being represented by him in heavenly places; and standing in the relation of sons to God, and of spouse and bride to Christ, and angels being their ministering servants; and ere long they will be set on thrones, and have a crown of glory, life, and righteousness, put upon them, and be possessed of an everlasting kingdom, and be out of the reach of affliction. They are not clear of it in this world; it is needful for them, they are appointed to it, and through it they must enter the kingdom; but then they will come out of all tribulation, and there will be no more pain, sorrow, and death: it may be rendered, "after affliction", after their time of affliction is over, then God will exalt and glorify them; see 1 Peter 5:10, this may respect the prosperity of the church in the latter day; see Daniel 7:27.

And maketh him families like a flock; that is, the Lord makes the poor families like a flock of sheep, so greatly does he increase them; this is a very apt figure that is here used, since the people of God are often compared to sheep, and to a flock of them; and these are creatures that greatly increase; and here it denotes the large number of the saints, as in the first times of the Gospel, both in Judea and in the Gentile world; and as it will be in the latter day, when they shall be multiplied and not be few, glorified and not be small; and that they should be branched out into families, or particular churches, which, like families, consist of children, young men, and fathers, of which Christ is master, and ministers stewards; so it has been from the beginning of the Gospel dispensation and will be much more so in the latter day, when the earth will be full of these families every where. The Targum introduces this verse thus,

"when they turn to the law he setteth, &c.'' 107:33-43 What surprising changes are often made in the affairs of men! Let the present desolate state of Judea, and of other countries, explain this. If we look abroad in the world, we see many greatly increase, whose beginning was small. We see many who have thus suddenly risen, as suddenly brought to nothing. Worldly wealth is uncertain; often those who are filled with it, ere they are aware, lose it again. God has many ways of making men poor. The righteous shall rejoice. It shall fully convince all those who deny the Divine Providence. When sinners see how justly God takes away the gifts they have abused, they will not have a word to say. It is of great use to us to be fully assured of God's goodness, and duly affected with it. It is our wisdom to mind our duty, and to refer our comfort to him. A truly wise person will treasure in his heart this delightful psalm. From it, he will fully understand the weakness and wretchedness of man, and the power and loving-kindness of God, not for our merit, but for his mercy's sake.
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