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BOOK V
1O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the adversary; 3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way; they found no city of habitation. 5Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. 6Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. 7He led them also by a straight way, that they might go to a city of habitation. 8Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and the hungry soul he filleth with good. 10Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; 11Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High: 12Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. 13Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 15Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 16For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. 17Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. 18Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. 19Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. 20He sendeth his word, and healeth them, and delivereth them from their destructions. 21Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 22And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with singing. 23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. 25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 26They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul melteth away because of trouble. 27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. 28Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. 30Then are they glad because they be quiet: so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be. 31Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 32Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the seat of the elders. 33He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and watersprings into a thirsty ground; 34A fruitful land into a salt desert, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. 35He turneth a wilderness into a pool of water, and a dry land into watersprings. 36And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city of habitation; 37And sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get them fruits of increase. 38He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and he suffereth not their cattle to decrease. 39Again, they are minished and bowed down through oppression, trouble, and sorrow. 40He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the waste, where there is no way. 41Yet setteth he the needy on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. 42The upright shall see it, and be glad; and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. 43Whoso is wise shall give heed to these things, and they shall consider the mercies of the Lord.
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