He makes them listen1 to correction2 and commands them to repent of their evil.3
If they obey and serve him,4 they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity5 and their years in contentment.6
But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword7 and die without knowledge.8
"The godless in heart9 harbor resentment;10 even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.11
They die in their youth,12 among male prostitutes of the shrines.13
But those who suffer14 he delivers in their suffering;15 he speaks16 to them in their affliction.17
"He is wooing18 you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place19 free from restriction,20 to the comfort of your table21 laden with choice food.22
But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked;23 judgment and justice have taken hold of you.24
Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe25 turn you aside.26
Would your wealth27 or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?
Do not long for the night,28 to drag people away from their homes.
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