For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.1
Yet man is born to trouble2 as surely as sparks fly upward.
"But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.3
He performs wonders4 that cannot be fathomed,5 miracles that cannot be counted.6
He bestows rain on the earth;7 he sends water upon the countryside.8
The lowly he sets on high,9 and those who mourn10 are lifted11 to safety.
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