His Chesed and His Wonders
1Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever.
2Let the redeemed of Adonai say so— whom He redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3whom He gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the sea.
4Some wandered in a desert, a wasteland. They found no way to an inhabited city.
5Hungry and thirsty, their souls ebbed away.
6So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles.
7Then He led them by a straight way to go to a city where they could live.
8Let them praise Adonai for His mercy and His wonders for the children of men,
9for He satisfies the thirsty soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
10Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, prisoners in misery and iron chains,
11for they had defied God’s words, and spurned the counsel of Elyon.
12So He humbled their heart with trouble. They stumbled, and no one was helping.
13So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles.
14He brought them out of darkness and deep gloom, breaking their chains.
15Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders for the children of men,
16for He shattered bronze gates, and broke into pieces iron bars.
17Some became fools because of their rebellious ways, and were afflicted due to their iniquities.
18Their soul abhorred all food, and they drew near the gates of death.
19So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles.
20He sent His word and healed them, and rescued them from their pits.
21Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders for the children of men.
22Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with joyful singing.
23Some go out to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters.
24They saw the works of Adonai, and His wonders in the deep.
25For He spoke and raised a stormy wind, lifting up towering waves.
26They mounted up to the sky and plunged down to the depths. In their peril their souls melted away.
27They reeled and staggered like a drunk, and all their skill was bewildered.
28So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He brought them out of their troubles.
29He stilled the storm to a whisper— the waves were hushed.
30They were glad when it became calm, and He led them to their desired haven.
31Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders to the children of men.
32Let them exalt Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him at the assembly of elders.
33He turns rivers into a wilderness and springs of water into thirsty ground,
34and a fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35He turns a desert into a pool of water, a dry land into springs of water.
36There He brings the hungry to live, and they establish a city for a dwelling.
37So they sow fields and plant vineyards that yield a fruitful harvest.
38He blesses them, they multiply greatly, and He does not let their herds diminish,
39after they were few and crushed by oppression, calamity and sorrow.
40He pours contempt on princes, making them wander in trackless waste.
41But He lifts the needy high above affliction, and makes their families like a flock.
42The upright see it and are glad, and all iniquity shuts its mouth.
43Who is wise? Let him observe these things, and consider Adonai’s lovingkindness.