1: "Call now; is there any who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2: For resentment kills the foolish man, and jealousy kills the simple.
3: I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4: His children are far from safety. They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them,
5: whose harvest the hungry eats up, and take it even out of the thorns. The snare gapes for their substance.
6: For affliction doesn't come forth from the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
7: but man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8: "But as for me, I would seek God. I would commit my cause to God,
9: who does great things that can't be fathomed, marvelous things without number;
10: who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields;
11: so that he sets up on high those who are low, those who mourn are exalted to safety.
12: He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.
13: He takes the wise in their own craftiness; the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
14: They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noonday as in the night.
15: But he saves from the sword of their mouth, even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
16: So the poor has hope, and injustice shuts her mouth.
17: "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects. Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
18: For he wounds, and binds up. He injures, and his hands make whole.
19: He will deliver you in six troubles; yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.
20: In famine he will redeem you from death; in war, from the power of the sword.
21: You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
22: At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the animals of the earth.
23: For you shall be allied with the stones of the field. The animals of the field shall be at peace with you.
24: You shall know that your tent is in peace. You shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing.
25: You shall know also that your seed shall be great, Your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26: You shall come to your grave in a full age, like a shock of grain comes in its season.
27: Look this, we have searched it, so it is. Hear it, and know it for your good."