7 What misery is mine!
I am like one who gathers summer fruit
at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat,
none of the early figsc that I crave.
2 The faithful have been swept from the land;d
not onee upright person remains.
3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil;j
the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,k
the powerful dictate what they desire—
they all conspire together.
4 The best of them is like a brier,l
the most upright worse than a thornm hedge.
The day God visits you has come,
the day your watchmen sound the alarm.
Now is the time of your confusion.n
put no confidence in a friend.o
Even with the woman who lies in your embrace
guard the words of your lips.
a daughter rises up against her mother,p
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.q
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