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9 Hear the commandments of life, O Israel;
give ear, and learn wisdom!
that you are growing old in a foreign country,
that you are defiled with the dead,
you would be living in peace forever.
where there is strength,
where there is understanding,
so that you may at the same time discern
where there is length of days, and life,
where there is light for the eyes, and peace.
And who has entered her storehouses?
and those who lorded it over the animals on earth;
and who hoarded up silver and gold
in which people trust,
and there is no end to their getting;
but there is no trace of their works?
and others have arisen in their place.
and have lived upon the earth;
but they have not learned the way to knowledge,
nor understood her paths,
nor laid hold of her.
21 Their descendants have strayed far from herb way.
or seen in Teman;
the merchants of Merran and Teman,
the story-tellers and the seekers for understanding,
have not learned the way to wisdom,
or given thought to her paths.
how vast the territory that he possesses!
it is high and immeasurable.
great in stature, expert in war.
or give them the way to knowledge;
they perished through their folly.
and brought her down from the clouds?
and will buy her for pure gold?
or is concerned about the path to her.
he found her by his understanding.
The one who prepared the earth for all time
filled it with four-footed creatures;
he called it, and it obeyed him, trembling;
he called them, and they said, “Here we are!”
They shone with gladness for him who made them.
no other can be compared to him.
and gave her to his servant Jacob
and to Israel, whom he loved.
and lived with humankind.
the law that endures forever.
All who hold her fast will live,
and those who forsake her will die.
walk toward the shining of her light.
or your advantages to an alien people.
for we know what is pleasing to God.
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