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Even when my strength leaves me, 1 you watch my footsteps. 2 In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
Answer me quickly, Lord! My strength is fading. 1 Do not reject me, 2 or I will join 3 those descending into the grave. 4
So I decided 1 to discern the benefit of 2 wisdom and knowledge over 3 foolish behavior and ideas; 4 however, I concluded 5 that even 6 this endeavor 7 is like 8 trying to chase the wind! 9
Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished 1 and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it, 2 I concluded: 3 “All these 4 achievements and possessions 5 are ultimately 6 profitless 7 – like chasing the wind! There is nothing gained 8 from them 9 on earth.”
So I loathed 1 life 2 because what happens 3 on earth 4 seems awful to me; for all the benefits of wisdom 5 are futile – like chasing the wind.
This is another misfortune: 1 Just as he came, so will he go. What did he gain from toiling for the wind?
If the anger 1 of the ruler flares up 2 against you, do not resign 3 from your position, 4 for a calm 5 response 6 can undo 7 great offenses.
It was reported to the family 1 of David, “Syria has allied with 2 Ephraim.” They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 3
He will treat the poor fairly, 1 and make right decisions 2 for the downtrodden of the earth. 3 He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 4 and order the wicked to be executed. 5
The Lord will divide 1 the gulf 2 of the Egyptian Sea; 3 he will wave his hand over the Euphrates River 4 and send a strong wind, 5 he will turn it into seven dried-up streams, 6 and enable them to walk across in their sandals.
Though these people make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves, 1 when he shouts at 2 them, they will flee to a distant land, driven before the wind like dead weeds on the hills, or like dead thistles 3 before a strong gale.
The Egyptians will panic, 1 and I will confuse their strategy. 2 They will seek guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead, from the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, and from the magicians. 3
The Lord has made them undiscerning; 1 they lead Egypt astray in all she does, so that she is like a drunk sliding around in his own vomit. 2
For you are a protector for the poor, a protector for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm, a shade from the heat. Though the breath of tyrants 1 is like a winter rainstorm, 2
I 1 look for 2 you during the night, my spirit within me seeks you at dawn, for when your judgments come upon the earth, those who live in the world learn about justice. 3
We were pregnant, we strained, we gave birth, as it were, to wind. 1 We cannot produce deliverance on the earth; people to populate the world are not born. 2
For the Lord has poured out on you a strong urge to sleep deeply. 1 He has shut your eyes (the prophets), and covered your heads (the seers).
“The rebellious 1 children are as good as dead,” 2 says the Lord, “those who make plans without consulting me, 3 who form alliances without consulting my Spirit, 4 and thereby compound their sin. 5
His battle cry overwhelms like a flooding river 1 that reaches one’s neck. He shakes the nations in a sieve that isolates the chaff; 2 he puts a bit into the mouth of the nations and leads them to destruction. 3
The Egyptians are mere humans, not God; their horses are made of flesh, not spirit. The Lord will strike with 1 his hand; the one who helps will stumble and the one being helped will fall. Together they will perish. 2