God Is Just1 “Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the a holy ones will you turn?
2 “For b anger slays the foolish man,
And jealousy kills the simple.
3 “I have seen the c foolish taking root,
And I d cursed his abode immediately.
4 “His e sons are far from safety,
They are even ▼
▼ Lit crushedoppressed in the gate,
And there is no deliverer.
▼ Lit Whose“His harvest the hungry devour
And take it to a place of thorns,
And the ▼
▼ Ancient versions read thirsty, i schemer is eager for their wealth.
6 “For j affliction does not come from the dust,
Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7 For k man is born for trouble,
As sparks fly upward.
8 “But as for me, I would l seek God,
And I would place my cause before God;
9 Who m does great and unsearchable things,
▼ Or MiraclesWonders without number.
10 “He o gives rain on the earth
And sends water on the fields,
11 So that p He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 “He q frustrates the plotting of the shrewd,
So that their hands cannot attain success.
13 “He r captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14 “By day they s meet with darkness,
And grope at noon as in the night.
15 “But He saves from t the sword of their mouth,
And u the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16 “So the helpless has hope,
And v unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
17 “Behold, how w happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the x discipline of ▼
▼ Heb Shaddai, and so throughout ch 6the Almighty.
18 “For z He inflicts pain, and ▼
▼ Lit bindsgives relief;
He wounds, and His hands also heal.
▼ Lit In“From six troubles ac He will deliver you,
Even in seven ad evil will not touch you.
20 “In ae famine He will redeem you from death,
And af in war from the power of the sword.
21 “You will be ag hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
ah And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 “You will ai laugh at violence and famine,
aj And you will not be afraid of ▼
▼ Lit beasts of the earthwild beasts.
23 “For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
And al the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 “You will know that your am tent is secure,
For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 “You will know also that your ▼
▼ Lit seed, ao descendants will be many,
And ap your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 “You will aq come to the grave in full vigor,
Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27 “Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”
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