- Call now! Will anyone respond to you? To which of the holy ones will you appeal?
- Nay, impatience kills the fool and indignation slays the simpleton.
- I have seen a fool spreading his roots, but his household suddenly decayed.
- 1 His children shall be far from safety; they shall be crushed at the gate without a rescuer.
- What they have reaped the hungry shall eat up; (or God shall take it away by blight;) and the thirsty shall swallow their substance.
- For mischief comes not out of the earth, nor does trouble spring out of the ground;
- 2 But man himself begets mischief, as sparks fly upward.
- In your place, I would appeal to God, and to God I would state my plea.
- He gives rain upon the earth and sends water upon the fields;
- He sets up on high the lowly, and those who mourn he exalts to safety.
- He frustrates the plans of the cunning, so that their hands achieve no success;
- He catches the wise in their own ruses, and the designs of the crafty are routed.
- They meet with darkness in the daytime, and at noonday they grope as though it were night.
- But the poor from the edge of the sword and from the hand of the mighty, he saves.
- Thus the unfortunate have hope, and iniquity closes her mouth.
- Happy is the man whom God reproves! The Almighty's chastening do not reject.
- For he wounds, but he binds up; he smites, but his hands give healing.
- 4 Out of six troubles he will deliver you, and at the seventh no evil shall touch you.
- In famine he will deliver you from death, and in war from the threat of the sword;
- From the scourge of the tongue you shall be hidden, and shall not fear approaching ruin.
- At destruction and want you shall laugh; the beasts of the earth you need not dread.
- You shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the wild beasts shall be at peace with you.
- And you shall know that your tent is secure; taking stock of your household, you shall miss nothing.
- You shall know that your descendants are many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
- You shall approach the grave in full vigor, as a shock of grain comes in at its season.
- Lo, this we have searched out; so it is! This we have heard, and you should know.
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Footnotes1 At the gate: of the city, where justice was administered.
2 Sparks: in Hebrew, "sons of resheph," which the ancient versions took as the name of a bird.
3 Omitted here; it is a duplicate of Job 9:10.
4 Six . . . the seventh: proverbial expression for any large number; cf Prov 24:16; Luke 17:4.
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