5 “Call if you will, but who will answer you?g
To which of the holy onesh will you turn?
2 Resentmenti kills a fool,
and envy slays the simple.j
3 I myself have seenk a fool taking root,l
but suddenlym his house was cursed.n
4 His childreno are far from safety,p
crushed in courtq without a defender.r
5 The hungry consume his harvest,s
taking it even from among thorns,
and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
6 For hardship does not spring from the soil,
nor does trouble sprout from the ground.t
7 Yet man is born to troubleu
as surely as sparks fly upward.
8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him.v
9 He performs wondersw that cannot be fathomed,x
miracles that cannot be counted.y
10 He provides rain for the earth;z
he sends water on the countryside.a
11 The lowly he sets on high,b
and those who mournc are liftedd to safety.
12 He thwarts the planse of the crafty,
so that their hands achieve no success.f
13 He catches the wiseg in their craftiness,h
and the schemes of the wily are swept away.i
14 Darknessj comes upon them in the daytime;
at noon they grope as in the night.k
15 He saves the needyl from the sword in their mouth;
he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.m
16 So the poorn have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.o
17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;p
so do not despise the disciplineq of the Almighty.a r
18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;s
he injures, but his hands also heal.t
19 From six calamities he will rescueu you;
in seven no harm will touch you.v
20 In faminew he will deliver you from death,
and in battle from the stroke of the sword.x
21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,y
and need not fearz when destruction comes.a
22 You will laughb at destruction and famine,c
and need not fear the wild animals.d
23 For you will have a covenante with the stonesf of the field,
and the wild animals will be at peace with you.g
24 You will know that your tent is secure;h
you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.i
25 You will know that your children will be many,j
and your descendants like the grass of the earth.k
26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,l
like sheaves gathered in season.m
27 “We have examined this, and it is true.
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