Resentment1 kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.2
I myself have seen3 a fool taking root,4 but suddenly5 his house was cursed.6
His children7 are far from safety,8 crushed in court9 without a defender.10
The hungry consume his harvest,11 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.12
Yet man is born to trouble13 as surely as sparks fly upward.
"But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.14
He performs wonders15 that cannot be fathomed,16 miracles that cannot be counted.17
He bestows rain on the earth;18 he sends water upon the countryside.19
The lowly he sets on high,20 and those who mourn21 are lifted22 to safety.
He thwarts the plans23 of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.24
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