His children1 are far from safety,2 crushed in court3 without a defender.4
The hungry consume his harvest,5 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.6
Yet man is born to trouble7 as surely as sparks fly upward.
"But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.8
He performs wonders9 that cannot be fathomed,10 miracles that cannot be counted.11
He bestows rain on the earth;12 he sends water upon the countryside.13
The lowly he sets on high,14 and those who mourn15 are lifted16 to safety.
He thwarts the plans17 of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.18
He catches the wise19 in their craftiness,20 and the schemes of the wily are swept away.21
Darkness22 comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.23
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