- Call now;
is there any that will answer thee?
And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
- For anger killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
- I have seen the foolish taking root;
but suddenly I beheld his habitation cursed.
- His children are far from safety, and are crushed in the gate, with none 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 can perform nothing substantial.
- He taketh the wise in their own craftiness;
and the counsel of the wily 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 famine 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 habitation, 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 ripe age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in its season.
- Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;
hear it, and know thou it for thy good.