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5 “Call out now; Is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
And envy slays a simple one.
3 aI have seen the foolish taking root,
But suddenly I cursed his dwelling place.
4 His sons are bfar from safety,
They are crushed in the gate,
And cthere is no deliverer.
1Taking it even from the thorns,
Nor does trouble spring from the ground;
As the sparks fly upward.
And to God I would commit my cause—
Marvelous things without number.
10 eHe gives rain on the earth,
And sends waters on the fields.
11 fHe sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 gHe frustrates the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot carry out their plans.
13 He catches the hwise in their own craftiness,
And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.
And grope at noontime as in the night.
15 But iHe saves the needy from the sword,
From the mouth of the mighty,
And from their hand.
16 jSo the poor have hope,
And injustice shuts her mouth.
17 “Behold, khappy is the man whom God corrects;
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
18 lFor He bruises, but He binds up;
He wounds, but His hands make whole.
19 mHe shall deliver you in six troubles,
Yes, in seven nno evil shall touch you.
20 oIn famine He shall redeem you from death,
And in war from the 5power of the sword.
21 pYou shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
And you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes.
23 sFor you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field,
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
You shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss.
25 You shall also know that tyour descendants shall be many,
And your offspring ulike the grass of the earth.
26 vYou shall come to the grave at a full age,
As a sheaf of grain ripens in its season.
27 Behold, this we have wsearched out;
It is true.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”
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