5:1 Call now; is there any that will answer thee? And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
5:2 For vexation killeth the foolish man, And jealousy slayeth the silly one.
5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
5:4 His children are far from safety, And they are crushed in the gate, Neither is there any to deliver them:
5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, And taketh it even out of the thorns; And the snare gapeth for their substance.
5:6 For affliction cometh not forth from the dust, Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
5:7 But man is born unto trouble, As the sparks fly upward.
5:8 But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause;
5:9 Who doeth great things and unsearchable, Marvellous things without number:
5:10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, And sendeth waters upon the fields;
5:11 So that he setteth up on high those that are low, And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
5:12 He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
5:14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.
5:15 But he saveth from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
5:16 So the poor hath hope, And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; He woundeth, and his hands make whole.
5:19 He will deliver thee in six troubles; Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
5:20 In famine he will redeem thee from death; And in war from the power of the sword.
5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue; Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
5:22 At destruction and dearth thou shalt laugh; Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
5:23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field; And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
5:24 And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace; And thou shalt visit thy fold, and shalt miss nothing.
5:25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
5:26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, Like as a shock of grain cometh in in its season.
5:27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; Hear it, and know thou it for thy good.