10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.

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11 He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves.

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12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.

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13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?

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14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirita and breath,

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15 all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.

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16 “If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.

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      17 Can someone who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?

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      18 Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’

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      19 who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?

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      20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.

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      21 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals; he sees their every step.

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      22 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.

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      23 God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment.

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      24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.

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      25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

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      26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,

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      27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.

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      28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.

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      29 But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike,

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      30 to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.

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