He turned rivers into a desert,1 flowing springs2 into thirsty ground,
and fruitful land into a salt waste,3 because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
He turned the desert into pools of water4 and the parched ground into flowing springs;536
there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
They sowed fields and planted vineyards6 that yielded a fruitful harvest;
he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,7 and he did not let their herds diminish.8