1 A Canticle in steps. When the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion, we became like those who are consoled.
2 Then our mouth was filled with gladness and our tongue with exultation. Then they will say among the nations: "The Lord has done great things for them."
3 The Lord has done great things for us. We have become joyful.
4 Convert our captivity, O Lord, like a torrent in the south.
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in exultation.
6 When departing, they went forth and wept, sowing their seeds.
16 Thus says the Lord, who gave you a way through the sea and a path through the torrent of waters,
17 who led out the chariot and the horse, the column of robust troops. They went to sleep together, and they will not arise. They have been crushed like flax, and they have been extinguished.
18 You need not call to mind the past, nor consider the things of antiquity.
19 Behold, I am accomplishing new things. And presently, they will spring forth. With certainty, you will know them. I will make a way in the desert, and rivers in an impassible place.
20 The wild beasts of the field will glorify me, with the serpents and the ostriches. For I have brought waters to the desert, rivers to inaccessible places, in order to give drink to my people, to my elect.
21 This is the people whom I have formed for myself. They will speak my praise.
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