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¶ O GIVE thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his mercy endures for ever.
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Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the oppressor,
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And gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the islands in the sea.
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They were lost in the wilderness in a place without water;
they found not the right way to an inhabited town.
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Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
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Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses,
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And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to inhabited villages.
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Let the righteous of the LORD give thanks to him;
for his mercies are upon the children of men!
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For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness,
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Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
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Because they murmured against the words of God, and scorned the counsel of the most High;
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Therefore he brought down their hearts with labor;
they became weak and there was none to help.
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Then they prayed to the LORD in their trouble and he saved them out of their distresses.
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He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their bands asunder.
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Let the righteous of the LORD give thanks to him;
for his mercies are upon the children of men.
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For he has broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron asunder.
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¶ He helped them out of the way of their sins, he relieved them of their afflictions.
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Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
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Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
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He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.
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Let the righteous of the LORD give thanks to him, for his mercies are upon the children of men!
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Sacrifice to him the sacrifices of praise, and glorify him, O you, his servants, for his wonders.
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They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters,
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These see the works of the LORD and his wonders in the deep.
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For he commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof.
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They mount up to the sky;
then they go down again to the depths;
their soul is troubled within them.
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They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.
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Then they cry to the LORD in their trouble and he brings them out of their distresses.
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He makes the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
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Then are they glad because they be quiet;
so he brings them to their desired haven.
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Let the righteous of the LORD give thanks to him;
for his mercies are upon the children of men.
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Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
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¶ He turns rivers into a wilderness and the water-springs into dry ground,
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A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
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He turns the wilderness into pools of water and dry land into watersprings.
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And there he makes the hungry to dwell, that they may build villages and settle,
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And sow the fields and plant vineyards, and eat of the fruits thereof.
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He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly;
and suffers not their cattle to decrease.
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Again, they are diminished and humbled through oppression, affliction, and misery.
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He pours contempt upon rulers, and causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way.
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He strengthens the poor and he multiplies their families like a flock.
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The righteous shall see it, and rejoice;
and all the ungodly shall shut their mouths.
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Whosoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.