Source: Septuagint1 But call, if any one will listen to you, or if you shall see any of the holy angels. 2 For wrath destroys the foolish one, and envy slays him that has gone astray. 3 And I have seen foolish ones taking root: but suddenly their dwelling was devoured. 4 Let their children be far from safety, and let them be crushed at the doors of vile men, and let there be no deliverer. 5 For what they have collected, the just shall eat; but they will not be delivered out of calamities: let their strength be utterly exhausted. 6 For labor cannot by any means come out of the earth, nor will trouble spring out of the mountains: 7 yet man is born to labor, and even so the vulture's young seek the high places. 8 Nevertheless I will plead with the Lord, and will call upon the Lord, the sovereign of all; 9 who does great things and untraceable, glorious things also, and marvelous, of which there is no number: 10 who gives rain upon the earth, sending water on the earth: 11 who exalts the lowly, and raises up them that are lost: 12 frustrating the counsels of the crafty, and their hands shall not perform the truth: 13 who takes the wise in their wisdom, and subverts the counsel of the crafty 14 In the day darkness will come upon them, and let them grope in the noon-day even as in the night: 15 and let them perish in war, and let the weak escape from the hand of the mighty. 16 And let the weak have hope, but the mouth of the unjust be stopped. 17 But blessed is the man whom the Lord has reproved; and do not reject the chastening of the Almighty. 18 for he causes a man to be in pain, and restores him again: he defeats, and his hands heal. 19 Six times he shall deliver you out of distresses: and in the seventh harm will not touch you. 20 In famine he shall deliver you from death: and in war he will free you from the power of the sword. 21 He shall hide you from the scourge of the tongue: and you will not be afraid of coming evils. 22 You will laugh at the unrighteous and the lawless: and you will not be afraid of wild beasts. 23 For the wild beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24 Then you will know that your house shall be at peace, and the provision for your tabernacle shall not fail. 25 And you will know that your seed shall be abundant; and your children shall be like the herbage of the field. 26 And you will come to the grave like ripe grain reaped in its season, or as a large amount of the flour collected in proper time. 27 Behold, we have thus sought out these matters; these are what we have heard: but do you reflect with yourself, to see if you have done anything wrong.
Source: Masoretic Hebrew
1 Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn? 2 For wrath killed the foolish man, and envy slayed the silly one. 3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation. 4 His children 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.
6 Although affliction does not come forth from the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground; 7 Yet man is born into trouble, as the sparks fly upward. 8 I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause: 9 Which does great things and unsearchable; 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 are low; that those who mourn may be exalted to safety. 12 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. 13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the mischievous is carried headlong. 14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night. 15 But he saves the poor 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: therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole. 19 He will deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven no evil will touch you. 20 In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword. 21 You will be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither will you be afraid of destruction when it comes. 22 At destruction and famine you will laugh: neither will you be afraid of the beasts of the earth. 23 For you will be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24 And you will know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you will visit your dwelling place, and will not sin. 25 You will know also that your seed shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26 You will come to your grave in a full age, like as a shock of grain comes in in his season. 27 Look at this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know that it is for your good.