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Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

those he redeemed from trouble


and gathered in from the lands,

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.



Some wandered in desert wastes,

finding no way to an inhabited town;


hungry and thirsty,

their soul fainted within them.


Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress;


he led them by a straight way,

until they reached an inhabited town.


Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.


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.