Those who go down to the sea in ships, *
who carry out their business in great waters,
They behold the works of the Lord *
and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind arises, *
which lifts up the waves.
They are carried up to heaven and down again to the deep; *
their soul melts away because of the trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, *
and are at their wits’ end.
So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, *
he delivers them out of their distress.
For he makes the storm to cease, *
so that the waves are still.
Then they are glad, because they are at rest, *
and so he brings them into the haven where they desire to be.
Oh, that they would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness *
and declare the wonders that he does for the children of men!
That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people *
and praise him in the seat of the elders!
He turns rivers into a wilderness *
and water-springs into thirsty ground.
A fruitful land he makes barren, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
Again, he makes the wilderness into pools of water *
and dry ground into water-springs;
And there he sets the hungry *
that they may build a city to dwell in,
That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards *
to yield the fruits of increase.
He blesses them, so that they multiply exceedingly, *
and does not allow their cattle to decrease.
And again, when they are diminished and brought low, *
through oppression, through any plague or trouble,
Though he pours contempt on princes *
and lets them wander in the pathless wilderness,
Yet he helps the poor out of misery *
and increases their households like a flock of sheep.
The righteous will consider this and rejoice, *
and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.