1 Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the holy ones (i.e. angels. Cp. 15:15. Deut. 33:2. Jude 14. See Ex. 3:5) will you turn?
2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly on. (inoffensive. Heb. pāthāh = credulous. Cp. Hos. 7:11.)
3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but at once I noted [the fate of] his habitation [saying]. (Stigmatized, or pointed out)
4 His sons are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, and the robber swallows up their substance.
O q 6,7. Trouble. Inevitable. 3rd person. r s 8. Trust in God. " t 9-16. Reason. ]God's greatness.] " r s 17. Trust in God. 2nd person. t 18. Reason. [God's greatness.] " q 19-26. Trouble. Deliverance from it. "
6 Although affliction comes not forth of the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks (Heb. sons of flame) fly upward.
8 I would seek unto GOD (El), and to God (Elohim) would I commit my cause:
9 Which does great things and unsearchable; and marvelous things without number:
10 Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields:
11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
12 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform something stable. (See Prov. 2.7 "sound wisdom")
13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: (this is quoted directly in 1 Cor. 3:19) and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
14 They meet repeatedly with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.
15 But He saves the needy from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.
17 Behold, happy is the man whom GOD corrects (El. cp. Ps. 94:12. Prov. 3:11,12. Heb. 12:5. Jas. 1:12): therefore despise you not the chastening of The Almighty: (Shaddai)
18 For He makes sore, and binds up: He wounds, and His hands make whole.
19 He shall deliver you in six troubles (named in the next verse): yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
20 In famishing He shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword. (Heb. = hands, put for the destructive power which is in them.)
21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
22 At destruction and pains of hunger you shall laugh (put for the feeling of security expressed by it): neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For your covenant shall be with the stones of the field (put for whatever is hurtful to the soil): and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 And you shall know that your tent (or less settled home) shall be in peace; and you shall visit your habitation, and shall nothing miss.
25 You shall know also that your seed shall be many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, like as a stack of corn (a heap of sheaves of corn) mounts up in his season.
27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;
hear it, and know you it for yourself."