- Call, I pray thee!
Is there any that answereth thee?
and to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
- For vexation killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the simple.
- I myself saw the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
- His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, and there is no deliverer:
- Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh even out of the thorns;
and the snare gapeth for his substance.
- For evil cometh not forth from the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
- For man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upwards.
- But as for me I will seek unto God, and unto God commit my cause;
- Who doeth great things and unsearchable, marvellous things without number;
- Who giveth rain on the face of the earth, and sendeth waters on the face of the fields;
- Setting up on high those that are low;
and mourners are exalted to prosperity.
- He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, and their hands carry not out the enterprise.
- He taketh the wise in their own craftiness;
and the counsel of the wily is carried headlong:
- They meet with darkness in a the daytime, and grope at midday as in the night.
- And he saveth the needy from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
- So the poor hath what he hopeth for, and unrighteousness stoppeth her mouth.
- Behold, happy is the man whom +God correcteth;
therefore despise not 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, and 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 hidden from the scourge of the tongue;
and thou shalt not be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
- At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh, and of the beasts of the earth thou shalt not be afraid.
- 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 wilt survey thy fold, and miss nothing.
- And thou shalt know that thy seed is numerous, and thine offspring as the herb of the earth.
- Thou shalt come to the grave in a ripe age, as a shock of corn is brought in in its season.
- Behold this, we have searched it out, so it is;
hear it, and know thou it for thyself.