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.839
Then their numbers decreased,9 and they were humbled10 by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
he who pours contempt on nobles11 made them wander in a trackless waste.1241
But he lifted the needy13 out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.1442
The upright see and rejoice,15 but all the wicked shut their mouths.1643
Whoever is wise,17 let him heed these things and consider the great love18 of the LORD.