107:3 from the south. This could not refer to the return from exile in Babylon or Assyria. Both were to the east of Israel, whereas the psalm envisions believers being gathered from all over the world. It may apply to the regathering of Israelites from all the nations in the last days, as do many other prophecies (e.g., Ezekiel 37:21). More likely, it applies in a broader sense to the calling of people from every nation through the saving gospel of Christ.