33The Lord changed rivers into deserts,
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34A fruitful land into salt flats,
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35He changed deserts into pools of water
and dry land into water-springs.
36He settled the hungry there,
and they founded a city to dwell in.
37They sowed fields, and planted vineyards,
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38He blessed them, so that they increased greatly;
he did not let their herds decrease.
39Yet when they were diminished and brought low,
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40(He pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41He lifted up the poor out of misery
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42The upright will see this and rejoice,
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43Whoever is wise will ponder these things,
and consider well the mercies of the Lord.
A Collect for Saturdays
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.