¶ O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious and his mercy endureth for ever. Let them give thanks whom the LORD hath redeemed, and delivered from the hand of the enemy. And gathered them out of the lands, from the East, from the West, from the North and from the South. They went astray in the wilderness in an untrodden way, and found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. So they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to the city where they dwelt. O that men would praise the goodness of the LORD, and the wonders that he doth for the children of men. For he satisfied the empty soul, and filled the hungry soul with good.
¶ Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being fast bound in misery and iron. Because they were not obedient to the commandments of God, but lightly regarded the counsel of the most highest. Their heart was vexed with labor, they fell down, and there was none to help them. So they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distress. He brought them out of darkness and out of the shadow of death, and brake their bonds in sunder. O that men would praise the goodness of the LORD, and the wonders that he doth for the children of men. For he hath broken the gates of brass, and smitten the bars of Iron in sunder.
¶ Foolish men were plagued for their offense, and because of their wickedness. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat, they were even hard at death's door. So they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distress. He sent his word and healed them, and saved them from destruction. O that men would praise the goodness of the LORD, and the wonders that he doth for the children of men. That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and tell out his works with gladness.
¶ They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters. These men see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For at his word, the stormy wind ariseth, and lifteth up the waves thereof. They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep, their soul melteth away in the trouble. They reel to and fro, they stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. So they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivereth them out of their distress. He maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves are still. Then are they glad because they be at rest, and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be. O that men would praise the goodness of the LORD, and the wonders that he doth for the children of men. That they would exalt him in the congregation of the people, and love him in the seat of the elders.
¶ Which turneth floods into dry land, and dryeth up the water springs. A fruitful land maketh he barren, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. Again, he maketh the wilderness a stonding water, and water springs of a dry ground. There he setteth the hungry, that they may build them a city to dwell in. That they may sow their ground, plant vineyards, to yield the fruits of increase. He blesseth them, so that they multiply exceedingly, and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. When they are minished and brought low thorow oppression, thorow any plague or trouble. Though he suffer them to be evil intreated thorow tyrants, or let them wander out of the way in the wilderness. Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery, (at the last) and maketh him an household like a flock of sheep. The righteous will consider this and rejoice, the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped. Who so is wise, and pondereth these things well, shall understand the loving kindness of the LORD.