1 “Cry for help, but will anyone answer you?
Which of the angels* will help you?
and jealousy kills the simple.
but then comes sudden disaster.
they are crushed in court with no one to defend them.
even when it is guarded by brambles.*
The thirsty pant after their wealth.*
and trouble does not sprout from the earth.
as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.
and present my case to him.
He performs countless miracles.
and water for the fields.
and protects those who suffer.
so the work of their hands will not succeed.
so their cunning schemes are thwarted.
and they grope at noon as if it were night.
and rescues them from the clutches of the powerful.
and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut.
Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.
He strikes, but his hands also heal.
even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil.
from the power of the sword in time of war.
and have no fear when destruction comes.
wild animals will not terrify you.
and its wild animals will be at peace with you.
When you survey your possessions, nothing will be missing.
your descendants will be as plentiful as grass!
like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time!
Listen to my counsel, and apply it to yourself.”
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