1 "Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the aholy ones will you turn? 2 "For aanger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple. 3 "I have seen the afoolish taking root, And I bcursed his abode immediately. 4 "His asons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer. 5 "His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the aschemer is eager for their wealth. 6 "For aaffliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground, 7 For aman is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward. 8 "But as for me, I would aseek God, And I would place my cause before God; 9 Who adoes great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number. 10 "He agives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields, 11 So that aHe sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12 "He afrustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success. 13 "He acaptures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted. 14 "By day they ameet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night. 15 "But He saves from athe sword of their mouth, And bthe poor from the hand of the mighty. 16 "So the helpless has hope, And aunrighteousness must shut its mouth. 17 "Behold, how ahappy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the bdiscipline of the Almighty. 18 "For aHe inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal. 19 "From six troubles aHe will deliver you, Even in seven bevil will not touch you. 20 "In afamine He will redeem you from death, And bin war from the power of the sword. 21 "You will be ahidden from the scourge of the tongue, bAnd you will not be afraid of violence when it comes. 22 "You will alaugh at violence and famine, bAnd you will not be afraid of wild beasts. 23 "For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And athe beasts of the field will be at peace with you. 24 "You will know that your atent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss. 25 "You will know also that your adescendants will be many, And byour offspring as the grass of the earth. 26 "You will acome to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season. 27 "Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself."