- Call now;
is there any that will answer thee?
And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
- For vexation killeth the foolish man, And jealousy slayeth the silly one.
- I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
- His children are far from safety, And they are crushed in the gate, Neither is there any to deliver them:
- Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, And taketh it even out of the thorns;
And the snare gapeth for their substance.
- For affliction cometh not forth from the dust, Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
- But man is born unto trouble, As the sparks fly upward.
- But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause;
- Who doeth great things and unsearchable, Marvellous things without number:
- Who giveth rain upon the earth, And sendeth waters upon the fields;
- So that he setteth up on high those that are low, And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
- He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
- He taketh the wise in their own craftiness;
And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
- They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.
- But he saveth from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
- So the poor hath hope, And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
- Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
- For he maketh sore, and bindeth up;
He woundeth, and his hands make whole.
- He will deliver thee in six troubles;
Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
- In famine he will redeem thee from death;
And in war from the power of the sword.
- Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue;
Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
- At destruction and dearth thou shalt laugh;
Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
- For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field;
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
- And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace;
And thou shalt visit thy fold, and shalt miss nothing.
- Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
- Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, Like as a shock of grain cometh in in its season.
- Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;
Hear it, and know thou it for thy good.