For hardship does not spring from the soil,
    nor does trouble sprout from the ground.(A)
Yet man is born to trouble(B)
    as surely as sparks fly upward.

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
    I would lay my cause before him.(C)
He performs wonders(D) that cannot be fathomed,(E)
    miracles that cannot be counted.(F)
10 He provides rain for the earth;(G)
    he sends water on the countryside.(H)
11 The lowly he sets on high,(I)
    and those who mourn(J) are lifted(K) to safety.
12 He thwarts the plans(L) of the crafty,
    so that their hands achieve no success.(M)
13 He catches the wise(N) in their craftiness,(O)
    and the schemes of the wily are swept away.(P)
14 Darkness(Q) comes upon them in the daytime;
    at noon they grope as in the night.(R)
15 He saves the needy(S) from the sword in their mouth;
    he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.(T)
16 So the poor(U) have hope,
    and injustice shuts its mouth.(V)

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