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.
Collect of the Day
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.