17 “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of [a]the Almighty. 18 “For He inflicts pain, and [b]gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal. 19 “[c]From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you. 20 “In famine He will redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword. 21 “You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes. 22 “You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of [d]wild beasts. 23 “For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you. 24 “You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss. 25 “You will know also that your [e]descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26 “You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season. 27 “Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself.”
13 “If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him, 14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents; 15 “Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, And you would be steadfast and not fear. 16 “For you would forget your trouble, As waters that have passed by, you would remember it. 17 “Your [a]life would be [b]brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning. 18 “Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely. 19 “You would lie down and none would disturb you, And many would entreat your [c]favor. 20 “But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And [d]there will be no escape for them; And their hope is [e]to breathe their last.”
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