1"Callnow, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the 1holyones will you turn ?
"For 2angerslays the foolishman, And jealousykills the simple.
"I have seen the 3foolishtakingroot, And I 4cursed his abodeimmediately.
"His 5sons are far from safety, They are even aoppressed in the gate, And there is nodeliverer.
"bHis harvest the hungrydevour And take it to a place of thorns, And the c6schemer is eager for their wealth.
"For 7affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does troublesprout from the ground,
For 8man is born for trouble, As sparksflyupward.
"But as for me, I would 9seekGod, And I would place my causebeforeGod ;
Who 10doesgreat and unsearchablethings, dWonderswithoutnumber.
"He 11givesrain on the earth And sendswater on the fields,
So that 12He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
"He 13frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their handscannotattainsuccess.
"He 14captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quicklythwarted.
"By day they 15meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.
"But He saves from 16the sword of their mouth, And 17the poor from the hand of the mighty.
"So the helplesshashope, And 18unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
17"Behold, how 19happy is the man whom Godreproves, So do not despise the 20discipline of ethe Almighty.
"For 21He inflictspain, and fgivesrelief ; He wounds, and His hands also heal.
"gFrom sixtroubles22He will deliver you, Even in seven23evil will not touch you.
"In 24famine He will redeem you from death, And 25in war from the power of the sword.
"You will be 26hidden from the scourge of the tongue, 27And you will not be afraid of violencewhen it comes.
"You will 28laugh at violence and famine, 29And you will not be afraid of hwildbeasts.
"For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And 30the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
"You will know that your 31tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fearnoloss.
"You will know also that your i32descendants will be many, And 33your offspring as the grass of the earth.
"You will 34come to the grave in fullvigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27"Beholdthis ; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself."