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2

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

those he redeemed from trouble

3

and gathered in from the lands,

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

 

4

Some wandered in desert wastes,

finding no way to an inhabited town;

5

hungry and thirsty,

their soul fainted within them.

6

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress;

7

he led them by a straight way,

until they reached an inhabited town.

8

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

9

For he satisfies the thirsty,

and the hungry he fills with good things.

 


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2. redeemed of the Lord—(compare Isa 35:9, 10).

say—that is, that His mercy, &c.

hand of—or, "power of enemy."

3. gathered—alluding to the dispersion of captives throughout the Babylonian empire.

from the south—literally, "the sea," or, Red Sea (Ps 114:3), which was on the south.

4-7. A graphic picture is given of the sufferings of those who from distant lands returned to Jerusalem; or,

city of habitation—may mean the land of Palestine.

5. fainted—was overwhelmed (Ps 61:3; 77:3).

8, 9. To the chorus is added, as a reason for praise, an example of the extreme distress from which they had been delivered—extreme hunger, the severest privation of a journey in the desert.




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