Ungodly Complainers Provoke God’s Wrath
4:12 “Now a word was secretly38 brought39 to me,
and my ear caught40 a whisper41 of it.
4:13 In the troubling thoughts42 of the dreams43 in the night
when a deep sleep44 falls on men,
4:14 a trembling45 gripped me—and a terror!—
and made all my bones shake.46
4:15 Then a breath of air47 passes48 by my face;
it makes49 the hair of my flesh stand up.
4:16 It stands still,50
but I cannot recognize51 its appearance;
an image is before my eyes,
and I hear a murmuring voice:52
4:17 “Is53 a mortal man54 righteous55 before56 God?
Or a man pure57 before his Creator?58
4:18 If59 God60 puts no trust in61 his servants62
and attributes63 folly64 to his angels,
4:19 how much more to those who live in houses of clay,65
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed66 like67 a moth?
4:20 They are destroyed68 between morning and evening;69
they perish forever70 without anyone regarding it.71
4:21 Is not their excess wealth72 taken away from them?73
They die,74 yet without attaining wisdom.75
5:1 “Call now!1 Is there anyone who will answer you?2
To which of the holy ones3 will you turn?4
5:2 For5 wrath kills the foolish person,6
and anger7 slays the silly one.
5:3 I myself8 have seen the fool9 taking root,
but suddenly I cursed his place of residence.10
5:4 His children are far11 from safety,
and they are crushed12 at the place where judgment is rendered,13
nor is there anyone to deliver them.14
5:5 The hungry15 eat up his harvest,16
and take it even from behind the thorns,17
and the thirsty18 swallow up19 their fortune.20
5:6 For evil does not come up from the dust,21
nor does trouble spring up from the ground,
5:7 but people22 are born23 to trouble,
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