“When your wares
Came from the seas,
The kings of the earth
With your abundant wealth,
With your merchandise.
Now you are wrecked
By the seas,
In the depths
Of the waters.
With all your crew,
Have sunk with you.
All the inhabitants
Of the coastlands
Are appalled at you.
Are horribly afraid.
Among the people
Hiss at you.
You have come
To a dreadful end.
You shall be no more
Many people benefited from the various goods that Tyre brought from the different towns on the Mediterranean Sea. Their wealth and merchandise enriched many kings. Now they have been wrecked by the deep sea. Both the merchandise and the crew are gone. Now all the inhabitants of the coastland towns were appalled at Tyre. In fact, their kings were horribly afraid as their faces convulsed. The merchants from these towns now hissed at the name of Tyre because they had come to a dreadful end. Tyre would not exist anymore.
“Some give freely.
Yet they grow all the richer.
Others withhold what is due.
But they only suffer want.
A generous person will be enriched.
One who gives water will get water.
The people curse those who hold back grain.
But a blessing is on the head of those who sell it.
Whoever diligently seeks good things seeks favor.
But evil comes to the one who searches for it.
Those who trust in their riches will wither.
But the righteous will flourish like green leaves.”
There is a need for generosity. Those people who give freely usually grow richer. Those who withhold what is due only suffer more wanting of things. A generous person will be enriched. If you give water, you will get water. If you hold back your grain, hoping for a higher price, you will be cursed. However, you will be blessed if you sell it to others in the normal course of the harvest. If you are seeking good things, you will be favored. If you are looking for evil, you will find it. If you trust in your wealth, it will wither away on you. However, if you are righteous, you will flourish like green leaves on a tree.
“You visit the earth!
You water it!
You greatly enrich it!
The river of God is full of water.
You provide the people with grain.
You have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly.
You settle its ridges.
You soften it with showers.
You bless its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty.
Your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow.
The hills gird themselves with joy.
The meadows clothe themselves with flocks.
The valleys deck themselves with grain.
They sing together for joy.”
This psalm ends with a thanksgiving to God for the great harvest. There was a profound sense of God as the grand gardener who made the crops grow. A good example of this basic belief is how God watered the earth and enriched it. God’s river was full of water. God also provided the grain, but how was not exactly clear. There was just the right amount of rain from the showers to make the crops grow. There was a great bounty or harvest as the heavy wagons made deep tracks. Also the pastures were rich for the various animal flocks. The grain and the grass were growing at a good rate in the valleys. Thus the land and the people all shouted together. They sang with joy in thanksgiving for the great harvest time.