5:1 “Call now!1 Is there anyone who will answer you?2
To which of the holy ones3 will you turn?4
5:2 For5 wrath kills the foolish person,6
and anger7 slays the silly one.
5:3 I myself8 have seen the fool9 taking root,
but suddenly I cursed his place of residence.10
5:4 His children are far11 from safety,
and they are crushed12 at the place where judgment is rendered,13
nor is there anyone to deliver them.14
5:5 The hungry15 eat up his harvest,16
and take it even from behind the thorns,17
and the thirsty18 swallow up19 their fortune.20
5:6 For evil does not come up from the dust,21
nor does trouble spring up from the ground,
5:7 but people22 are born23 to trouble,
as surely as the sparks24 fly25 upward.26
Blessings for the One Who Seeks God27
5:8 “But28 as for me,29 I would seek30 God,31
and to God32 I would set forth my case.33
5:9 He does34 great and unsearchable35 things,
marvelous things without36 number;37
5:10 he gives38 rain on the earth,39
and sends40 water on the fields;41
5:11 he sets42 the lowly43 on high,
that those who mourn44 are raised45 to safety.
5:12 He frustrates46 the plans47 of the crafty48
so that49 their hands cannot accomplish
what they had planned!50
5:13 He catches51 the wise in their own craftiness,52
and the counsel of the cunning53 is brought to a quick end.54
5:14 They meet with darkness in the daytime,55
and grope about56 in the noontime as if it were night.57
5:15 So he saves58 from the sword that comes from their mouth,59
even60 the poor from the hand of the powerful.
5:16 Thus the poor have hope,
and iniquity61 shuts its mouth.62
5:17 “Therefore,63 blessed64 is the man whom God corrects,65
so do not despise the discipline66 of the Almighty.67
5:18 For68 he69 wounds,70 but he also bandages;
he strikes, but his hands also heal.
5:19 He will deliver you71 from six calamities;
yes, in seven72 no evil will touch you.
5:20 In time of famine73 he will redeem you from death,
and in time of war from the power of the sword.74
5:21 You will be protected75 from malicious gossip,76
and will not be afraid of the destruction77 when it comes.
5:22 You will laugh at destruction and famine78
and need not79 be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
5:23 For you will have a pact with the stones80 of the field,
and the wild animals81 will be at peace82 with you.
5:24 And83 you will know84 that your home85
will be secure,86
and when you inspect87 your domains,
you will not be missing88 anything.
5:25 You will also know that your children89 will be numerous,
and your descendants90 like the grass of the earth.
5:26 You will come to your grave in a full age,91
As stacks of grain are harvested in their season.
5:27 Look, we have investigated this, so it is true.
Hear it,92 and apply it for your own93 good.”94