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BOOK 5
The Lord Delivers Men from Manifold Troubles.
1Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
3And gathered from the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
4They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;
They did not find a way to an inhabited city.
5They were hungry and thirsty;
Their soul fainted within them.
6Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.
7He led them also by a straight way,
To go to an inhabited city.
8Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
9For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
10There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Prisoners in misery and chains,
11Because they had rebelled against the words of God
And spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;
They stumbled and there was none to help.
13Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them out of their distresses.
14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death
And broke their bands apart.
15Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
16For He has shattered gates of bronze
And cut bars of iron asunder.
17Fools, because of their rebellious way,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
18Their soul abhorred all kinds of food,
And they drew near to the gates of death.
19Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them out of their distresses.
20He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their #Or pitsdestructions.
21Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
22Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And tell of His works with joyful singing.
23Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters;
24They have seen the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
25For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,
Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;
Their soul melted away in their misery.
27They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,
And #Lit all their wisdom was swallowed upwere at their wits' end.
28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.
29He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
30Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.
31Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
32Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people,
And praise Him at the seat of the elders.
33He #Or turnschanges rivers into a wilderness
And springs of water into a thirsty ground;
34A fruitful land into a salt waste,
Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
35He changes a wilderness into a pool of water
And a dry land into springs of water;
36And there He makes the hungry to dwell,
So that they may establish an inhabited city,
37And sow fields and plant vineyards,
And gather a fruitful harvest.
38Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly,
And He does not let their cattle decrease.
39When they are diminished and bowed down
Through oppression, misery and sorrow,
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.
43Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.
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