5 “Call: is there one that will answer you?
and to which of the Holy Ones will you turn?
2 For vexation kills an ignorant man
and jealousy brings a simpleton to death.
3 I have seen an ignoramus take root,
but suddenly the ground he stood on was lost.
4 His sons are far from succor,
are overborne in the gate and there is no deliverer;
6 For misfortune does not come out of the earth
nor trouble sprout from the soil;
8 But I would apply to Deity
and state my problem to God,
9 Who does things great and inscrutable,
wonderful things in uncountable number,
10 Him who gives rain over earth
and sends water over all outdoors,
11 While he sets lowly men on high
and men that wore black mount to triumph;
12 Who frustrates shrewd men’s plans,
and their hands do nothing that makes sense;
13 Who catches wise men in their own shrewdness,
and crafty men’s policy goes rash.
14 In the daytime they meet with darkness
and they grope as if in the night at noon,
16 And the poor man comes to have hope
and foul play shuts its mouth.
17 Happy the man whom God corrects;
do not reject Shaddai’s discipline;
18 For he hurts and he bandages,
He mangles and his hands heal.
19 In six distresses he will deliver you
and in seven no harm shall touch you;
20 In famine he will have paid your ransom from death
and in war from the power of the sword;
22 At havoc and at starvation you shall laugh,
and of the wild beasts you shall not be afraid,
23 Because you have your pact with the stones of the field
and the wild beasts have made peace with you.
24 You shall know that all is well in your tent
and shall inspect your pastures and miss nothing,
25 And shall know that your issue is plentiful
and your offspring like the herbage of the earth;
26 You shall come to your grave in rugged vigor
as a stack of grain goes up at its due time.
27 We have examined into this; it is so;
listen to it and know it for yourself.”