1Al eluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, his faithful love lasts for ever. 2So let them say whom Yahweh redeemed, whom he redeemed from the power of their enemies, 3bringing them back from foreign lands, from east and west, north and south. 4They were wandering in the desert, in the wastelands, could find no way to an inhabited city; 5they were hungry and thirsty, their life was ebbing away. 6They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight, 7he set them on the road, straight to an inhabited city. 8Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! 9He has fed the hungry to their hearts' content, filled the starving with good things. 10Sojourners in gloom and shadow dark as death, fettered in misery and chains, 11for defying the orders of Yahweh, for scorning the plan of the Most High- 12he subdued their spirit by hard labour; if they fel there was no one to help. 13They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight, 14he brought them out from gloom and shadow dark as death, and shattered their chains. 15Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! 16He broke open gates of bronze and smashed iron bars. 17Fools for their rebellious ways, wretched because of their sins, 18finding all food repugnant, brought close to the gates of death- 19they cried out to Yahweh in their distress; he rescued them from their plight, 20he sent out his word and cured them, and rescued their life from the abyss. 21Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! 22Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and recount with shouts of joy what he has done! 23Voyagers on the sea in ships, plying their trade on the great ocean, 24have seen the works of Yahweh, his wonders in the deep. 25By his word he raised a storm-wind, lashing up towering waves. 26Up to the sky then down to the depths! Their stomachs were turned to water; 27they staggered and reeled like drunkards, and al their skill went under. 28They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight, 29he reduced the storm to a calm, and al the waters subsided, 30and he brought them, overjoyed at the stillness, to the port where they were bound. 31Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! 32Let them extol him in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the council of elders. 33He has turned rivers into desert, bubbling springs into arid ground, 34fertile country into salt-flats, because the people living there were evil. 35But he has turned desert into stretches of water, arid ground into bubbling springs, 36and has given the hungry a home, where they have built themselves a city. 37There they sow fields and plant vines, and reap a harvest of their produce. 38He blesses them and their numbers increase, he keeps their cattle at full strength. 39Their numbers had fal en, they had grown weak, under pressure of disaster and hardship; 40he covered princes in contempt, left them to wander in trackless wastes. 41But the needy he raises from their misery, makes their families as numerous as sheep. 42At the sight the honest rejoice, and the wicked have nothing to say. 43Who is wise? Such a one should take this to heart, and come to understand Yahweh's faithful love.
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