¶ Name me one else, if thou can find any: yee look about thee, upon any of the holy men. As for the foolish man, displeasure killeth him and anger slayeth the ignorant. I have seen my self, when the foolish was deep rooted, that his beauty was suddenly destroyed, that his children were without prosperity or health: that they were slain in the door, and no man to deliver them: that his harvest was eaten up of the hungry: that the weaponed man had spoiled it, and that the thirsty had drunk up his riches.
¶ Is it not the earth that bringeth forth travail, neither cometh sorrow out of the ground: but it is man, that is born unto misery, like as the bird for to flee. But now will I speak of the Lorde, and talk of God: which doth things, that are unsearchable, and marvelous without number: Which giveth rain upon the earth, and poureth water upon all things: which setteth up them of low degree, and sendeth prosperity, to those that are in heaviness: Which destroyeth the devices of the subtle, so that they are not able to perform the things that they take in hand: which compass the wise in their own craftiness, and overthroweth the counsel of the wicked? In so much that they run in to darkness by fair day, and grope about them at the noon day, like as in the night. And so he delivereth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the cruel, that the poor may have hope, and that the mouth of the oppressor may be stopped.
¶ Behold, happy is the man, whom God punisheth: therefore, despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. For though he make a wound, he giveth a medicine again: though he smite, his hand maketh whole again. He delivereth thee out of six troubles, so that in the seventh there can no harm touch thee. In the middest of hunger he saveth thee from death: and when it is war, from the power of the sword. He shall keep thee from the perilous tongue so that when trouble cometh, thou shalt not need to fear. In destruction and dearth thou shalt be merry, and shalt not be afraid for the beasts of the earth: But the castles in the land shall be confederate with thee, and the beasts of the field, shall give thee peace. Yea thou shalt know, that thy dwelling place shall be in rest: thou shalt behold thy substance, and be no more punished for sin. Thou shalt see also, that thy seed shall increase, and that thy posterity shall be as the grass upon the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a fair age, like as the of corn sheaves are brought in to the barn in due season. Lo, this is the matter, as we ourselves have proved by experience. Therefore now that thou hearest it, take better heed to thyself.