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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 5

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1Call now! Will anyone respond to you? To which of the holy ones will you appeal? 2Nay, impatience kills the fool and indignation slays the simpleton. 3I have seen a fool spreading his roots, t Ps 37, 35f . but his household suddenly decayed. 4His children shall be far from safety; they shall be crushed at the gate* without a rescuer. 5What they have reaped the hungry shall eat up; [or God shall take it away by blight;] and the thirsty shall swallow their substance. 6For mischief comes not out of the earth, nor does trouble spring out of the ground; 7But man himself begets mischief, as sparks* fly upward. 8In your place, I would appeal to God, and to God I would state my plea.* 10He gives rain upon the earth and sends water upon the fields; 11 u 1 Sm 2, 7f; Ps 113, 7; Lk 1, 52 . He sets up on high the lowly, and those who mourn he exalts to safety. 12He frustrates the plans of the cunning, so that their hands achieve no success; 13He catches the wise in their own ruses, v 1 Cor 3, 19 . and the designs of the crafty are routed. 14They meet with darkness in the daytime, and at noonday they grope as though it were night. 15But the poor from the edge of the sword and from the hand of the mighty, he saves. 16Thus the unfortunate have hope, and iniquity closes her mouth. 17Happy is the man whom God reproves! The Almighty's chastening do not reject. 18For he wounds, but he binds up; w Hos 6, 1f . he smites, but his hands give healing. 19Out of six troubles he will deliver you, and at the seventh* no evil shall touch you. 20In famine he will deliver you from death, and in war from the threat of the sword; 21From the scourge of the tongue you shall be hidden, and shall not fear approaching ruin. 22At destruction and want you shall laugh; the beasts of the earth you need not dread. 23You shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the wild beasts shall be at peace with you. 24And you shall know that your tent is secure; taking stock of your household, you shall miss nothing. 25You shall know that your descendants are many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26You shall approach the grave in full vigor, as a shock of grain comes in at its season. 27Lo, this we have searched out; so it is! This we have heard, and you should know.

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t: Ps 37, 35f .

u: 1 Sm 2, 7f; Ps 113, 7; Lk 1, 52 .

v: 1 Cor 3, 19 .

w: Hos 6, 1f .

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