"Call if you will, but who will answer you?1 To which of the holy ones2 will you turn?
Resentment3 kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.43
I myself have seen5 a fool taking root,6 but suddenly7 his house was cursed.84
His children9 are far from safety,10 crushed in court11 without a defender.125
The hungry consume his harvest,13 taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.147
Yet man is born to trouble15 as surely as sparks fly upward.
"But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.169
He performs wonders17 that cannot be fathomed,18 miracles that cannot be counted.1910
He bestows rain on the earth;20 he sends water upon the countryside.21