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CALL now, I pray you;
is there any one to answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
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For anger kills the foolish man, and enmity slays the silly one.
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I have seen the wicked prosper;
but his habitation is suddenly destroyed.
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His children are far from salvation, and they are humiliated at the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.
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His harvest the hungry eat up;
and they shall pour out water to the thirsty, and the thirsty devour their substance.
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¶ For falsehood does not come forth from the dust, nor does iniquity spring out of the ground;
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For man is born for trouble, as sure as the wild birds fly.
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But as for me.
I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause,
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Who has done great things without limit;
and marvellous things without number.
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Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends water upon the streets;
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To set up on high those that are lowly;
and the meek shall be exalted by salvation.
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He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot wisely perform their enterprise.
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He takes the wise in their subtlety;
and the counsel of the crafty is frustrated.
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They handle things in the daytime as though they were in darkness, and grope in the noonday as in the night.
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But he saves their lives from the sword, and the poor from the hand of the mighty.
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So there shall be hope for the poor, but the wicked shall shut his mouth.
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Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects;
and he who does not despise the chastening of the Almighty;
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For it is he who wounds, and binds up;
he smites, and his hands heal.
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He shall deliver you in six troubles;
yea, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
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In famine he shall deliver you from death;
and in war from the power of the sword.
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You shall be protected from the scourge of the tongue;
and you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes.
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At plunder and famine you shall laugh;
and you shall not fear the wild beasts.
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For you shall be in league with the stones of the field;
and the wild beasts shall surrender to you.
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You shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace;
and you shall return to your habitation, and shall not sin.
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You shall know also that your descendants shall be many, and your offspring like the grass of the earth.
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You shall come to your grave gently, like a shock of grain in its season.
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Lo this thing we have searched, and it is so;
we have heard it;
and you know it for your good.