Let them exalt1 him in the assembly2 of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
He turned rivers into a desert,3 flowing springs4 into thirsty ground,
and fruitful land into a salt waste,5 because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
He turned the desert into pools of water6 and the parched ground into flowing springs;736
there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
They sowed fields and planted vineyards8 that yielded a fruitful harvest;
he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,9 and he did not let their herds diminish.1039
Then their numbers decreased,11 and they were humbled12 by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
he who pours contempt on nobles13 made them wander in a trackless waste.1441
But he lifted the needy15 out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.1642
The upright see and rejoice,17 but all the wicked shut their mouths.18