1Call now, if there be any that will answer thee, and to which of the kadoshim (holy ones) wilt thou turn? 2For ka'as (anger) killeth the foolish man, and kinah (envy) slayeth the simple one. 3I have seen the fool taking shoresh (root), but suddenly I cursed his habitation. 4His banim are far from yesha (safety, salvation), and they are crushed in the sha'ar (gate, before the public), neither is there any to deliver them. 5Whose katzir (harvest) the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even from among of the tzinnim (thorns), and the intriguer pants after their wealth. 6Although affliction springeth not forth of the aphar (dust), neither doth amal (trouble, tzoros) sprout out of the adamah; 7Yet adam is born unto amal (trouble, tzoros), even as sparks fly upward. 8I would seek El (G-d), and before Elohim would I lay my cause; 9Who doeth gedolot unsearchable, marvellous things without mispar; 10Who giveth matar upon eretz, and sendeth mayim upon the fields; 11To set up on high those that be the shefalim (the lowly ones); that those which mourn may be exalted to safety, 12Thwarting the machshevot of the arumim (crafty ones), so that their hands cannot accomplish tushiyyah (success). 13He taketh the chachamim in their own arum (craftiness), and the etzah of the wily is swiftly swept away. 14They meet with choshech in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the lailah, 15But He saveth the needy from the cherev of their mouth, and from the yad chazak. 16So the poor hath tikveh, and olatah (perversity, wickedness) stoppeth her mouth. 17Hinei, ashrei is the enosh whom Eloah correcteth; therefore despise not thou the musar (chastening) of Shaddai; 18For He woundeth, and bindeth up; He injureth, and His yadayim (hands) heal. 19He shall deliver thee in shesh tzoros; yea, in shivah there shall no rah touch thee. 20In ra'av (famine) He shall redeem thee from mavet; and in milchamah from the power of the cherev. 21Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the leshon, neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 22At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh; neither shalt thou be afraid of the chayyat ha'aretz. 23For thou shalt be in league with the avanim of the sadeh, and the chayyat sadeh shall be hashelemah (at peace) with thee. 24And thou shalt know that shalom shall be thy ohel; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and find nothing wanting. 25Thou shalt know also that thy zera shall be rav, and thine offspring as the esev ha'aretz. 26Thou shalt come to thy kever in a ripe age, like a shock of grain cometh in its season. 27Hinei zot, this we have searched out, so it is; hear it, and apply thou it for thy good.
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