1: Pray, call, is there any to answer thee? And unto which of the holy ones dost thou turn? 2: For provocation slayeth the perverse, And envy putteth to death the simple, 3: I -- I have seen the perverse taking root, And I mark his habitation straightway, 4: Far are his sons from safety, And they are bruised in the gate, And there is no deliverer. 5: Whose harvest the hungry doth eat, And even from the thorns taketh it, And the designing swallowed their wealth. 6: For sorrow cometh not forth from the dust, Nor from the ground springeth up misery. 7: For man to misery is born, And the sparks go high to fly. 8: Yet I -- I inquire for God, And for God I give my word, 9: Doing great things, and there is no searching. Wonderful, till there is no numbering. 10: Who is giving rain on the face of the land, And is sending waters on the out-places. 11: To set the low on a high place, And the mourners have been high [in] safety. 12: Making void thoughts of the subtile, And their hands do not execute wisdom. 13: Capturing the wise in their subtilty, And the counsel of wrestling ones was hastened, 14: By day they meet darkness, And as night -- they grope at noon. 15: And He saveth the wasted from their mouth, And from a strong hand the needy, 16: And there is hope to the poor, And perverseness hath shut her mouth. 17: Lo, the happiness of mortal man, God doth reprove him: And the chastisement of the Mighty despise not, 18: For He doth pain, and He bindeth up, He smiteth, and His hands heal. 19: In six distresses He delivereth thee, And in seven evil striketh not on thee. 20: In famine He hath redeemed thee from death, And in battle from the hands of the sword. 21: When the tongue scourgeth thou art hid, And thou art not afraid of destruction, When it cometh. 22: At destruction and at hunger thou mockest, And of the beast of the earth, Thou art not afraid. 23: (For with sons of the field [is] thy covenant, And the beast of the field Hath been at peace with thee.) 24: And thou hast known that thy tent [is] peace, And inspected thy habitation, and errest not, 25: And hast known that numerous [is] Thy seed, And thine offspring as the herb of the earth; 26: Thou comest in full age unto the grave, As the going up of a stalk in its season. 27: Lo, this -- we searched it out -- it [is] right, hearken; And thou, know for thyself!