1. v. t. To earn by service; to be worthy of (something due, either good or evil); to merit; to be entitled to; as, the laborer deserves his wages; a work of value deserves praise.
2. v. t. To serve; to treat; to benefit.
3. v. i. To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well
merit, be generic term
And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;