God Is Just
1“Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2For anger slays the foolish man,
And jealousy kills the simple.
3I have seen the foolish taking root,
And I cursed his abode immediately.
4His sons are far from safety,
They are even oppressed in the gate,
And there is no deliverer.
5His harvest the hungry devour
And take it to a place of thorns,
And the schemer is eager for their wealth.
6For affliction does not come from the dust,
Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7For man is born for trouble,
As sparks fly upward.
8“But as for me, I would seek God,
And I would place my cause before God;
9Who does great and unsearchable things,
Wonders without number.
10He gives rain on the earth
And sends water on the fields,
11So that He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd,
So that their hands cannot attain success.
13He captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14By day they meet with darkness,
And grope at noon as in the night.
15But He saves from the sword of their mouth,
And the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16So the helpless has hope,
And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
17“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
18For He inflicts pain, and gives relief;
He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19From six troubles He will deliver you,
Even in seven evil will not touch you.
20In famine He will redeem you from death,
And in war from the power of the sword.
21You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22You will laugh at violence and famine,
And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.
23For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24You will know that your tent is secure,
For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25You will know also that your descendants will be many,
And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26You will come to the grave in full vigor,
Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”