Thank the Lord,
for he is good.
His loving kindness endures forever.
Those who wandered in the wilderness,
and in the desert,
did not find the way.
They suffered hunger and thirst
and were afraid,
and found no city to live in.
They should all thank the Lord
for his merciful salvation.
Those who sat in darkness
and bound in affliction and iron,
who fell and found the Lord in their oppression,
they should all thank the Lord.
They were afflicted
because of their disobedience and iniquities,
were bent down,
and abhorred all kinds of food.
They were near to the gates of death,
but should now offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and declare the deeds of the Lord with singing.
Those who go down to the sea in ships
and do business in great waters,
these see the Lord's deeds
and his wonders in the deep.
God's command raises the stormy wind
makes the waves mount up to the sky
they reel and stagger like a drunken man
they cry to the Lord in their trouble
- God makes the storm a calm,
he lays the waves still, they shall praise God's deeds.
- He turns rivers into a desert,
oases into a thirsty wasteland
fruitful land into a salt waste
- but he turns the desert into a pool of water
the dry land into water springs
he makes the hungry live there and found cities
they sow fields and plant vineyards
they reap rich harvests, and he gives them livestock
They are multiplied greatly,
and he blesses them.
Although they are diminished
and bowed low under trouble and sorrow,
he pours contempt on princes
and causes them to wander around in the wasteland.
He lifts the needy out of their oppression
and increases their families.
The upright will see it and be glad,
but all the wicked will shut their mouths.
Whoever is wise will pay attention to these things –
the loving kindness of the Lord.