Psalm 107:33
New International Version
He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,

New Living Translation
He changes rivers into deserts, and springs of water into dry, thirsty land.

English Standard Version
He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

Berean Study Bible
He turns rivers into deserts, springs of water into thirsty ground,

King James Bible
He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

New King James Version
He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground;

New American Standard Bible
He turns rivers into a wilderness, And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

NASB 1995
He changes rivers into a wilderness And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

NASB 1977
He changes rivers into a wilderness, And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

Amplified Bible
He turns rivers into a wilderness, And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

Christian Standard Bible
He turns rivers into desert, springs into thirsty ground,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He turns rivers into desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

American Standard Version
He turneth rivers into a wilderness, And watersprings into a thirsty ground;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he makes the rivers like the wilderness and the springs of water thirsty.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He turns rivers into a desert, and streams of water into a dry land;

Contemporary English Version
If you start doing wrong, the LORD will turn rivers into deserts,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of water into dry ground:

English Revised Version
He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and watersprings into a thirsty ground;

Good News Translation
The LORD made rivers dry up completely and stopped springs from flowing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He changes rivers into a desert, springs into thirsty ground,

International Standard Version
He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into dry ground,

JPS Tanakh 1917
He turneth rivers into a wilderness, And watersprings into a thirsty ground;

Literal Standard Version
He makes rivers become a wilderness, And fountains of waters become dry land.

NET Bible
He turned streams into a desert, springs of water into arid land,

New Heart English Bible
He turns rivers into a desert, water springs into a thirsty ground,

World English Bible
He turns rivers into a desert, water springs into a thirsty ground,

Young's Literal Translation
He maketh rivers become a wilderness, And fountains of waters become dry land.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good
32Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the council of the elders. 33He turns rivers into deserts, springs of water into thirsty ground, 34and fruitful land into fields of salt, because of the wickedness of its dwellers.…

Cross References
1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was among the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As surely as the LORD lives--the God of Israel before whom I stand--there will be neither dew nor rain in these years except at my word!"

1 Kings 17:7
Some time later, however, the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

Psalm 74:15
You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up the ever-flowing rivers.

Isaiah 29:17
In a very short time, will not Lebanon become an orchard, and the orchard seem like a forest?

Isaiah 42:15
I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation. I will turn the rivers into dry land and drain the marshes.

Isaiah 50:2
Why was no one there when I arrived? Why did no one answer when I called? Is My hand too short to redeem you? Or do I lack the strength to deliver you? Behold, My rebuke dries up the sea; I turn the rivers into a desert; the fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.

Jeremiah 44:22
So the LORD could no longer endure the evil deeds and detestable acts you committed, and your land became a desolation, a horror, and an object of cursing, without inhabitant, as it is this day.


Treasury of Scripture

He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the springs into dry ground;

turneth

1 Kings 17:1-7
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word…

Isaiah 13:19-21
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah…

Isaiah 19:5-10
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up…

water-springs

1 Kings 18:5
And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.

Jeremiah 14:3
And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.

Amos 4:7,8
And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered…









(33) The change in character and style of the psalm at this point is so marked as to suggest an addition by another hand. It is not only that the artistic form is dropped, and the series of vivid pictures, each closed by a refrain, succeeded by changed aspects of thought, but the language becomes harsher, and the poet, if the same, suddenly proclaims that he has exhausted his imagination.

Verses 33-42. - Professor Cheyne finds in this passage - which he views as an "appendix" to the psalm - a falling off from the earlier portion of the psalm, and a set of "sentences strung together without much reflection." But to others the transition from special deliverances to God's general dealings with mankind seems an enlargement and an advance in the thought, although the language may be less graphic and more commonplace than in the former portion of the composition. Verse 33. - He turneth rivers into a wilderness. God can, and does, by the operation of his providence, turn lands naturally fertile - lands abounding with streams - into arid wastes, either by such a physical catastrophe as that which blasted the cities of the plain (Genesis 19:24, 25), or by such moral changes as have turned Babylonia from a garden into a desert, a miserable howling wilderness (comp. Isaiah 13:15-22; Isaiah 50:2; Jeremiah 50:13-15, 38-40; Jeremiah 51:13, 37-43, etc.). And the water springs into dry ground. The phrase is varied, but the meaning is the same. God has full control over nature, and can either take back his blessings, or render them of no avail.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He turns
יָשֵׂ֣ם (yā·śêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

rivers
נְהָר֣וֹת (nə·hā·rō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5104: A stream, prosperity

into deserts,
לְמִדְבָּ֑ר (lə·miḏ·bār)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

springs
וּמֹצָ֥אֵי (ū·mō·ṣā·’ê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4161: A place or act of going forth, issue, export, source, spring

of water
מַ֝֗יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

into thirsty ground,
לְצִמָּאֽוֹן׃ (lə·ṣim·mā·’ō·wn)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6774: A thirsty place, desert


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