Who has gone up1 to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow2 of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters3 in his cloak?4 Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name,5 and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!
"Every word of God is flawless;6 he is a shield7 to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add8 to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
"Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.99
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown10 you and say, 'Who is the LORD?'11 Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.1210
"Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.
"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;1312
those who are pure in their own eyes14 and yet are not cleansed of their filth;1513
those whose eyes are ever so haughty,16 whose glances are so disdainful;
those whose teeth17 are swords and whose jaws are set with knives18 to devour19 the poor20 from the earth, the needy from among mankind.21