2:1 My son, if you draw near to the fear of Yahweh, Prepare your soul for trial.
2:2 Direct your heart aright, and continue steadfast, And do not hurry in time of calamity.
2:3 Stick to him, and don't be far, That you may be increased in your latter end.
2:4 Accept all that is brought on you, And be patient in changes of your affliction;
2:5 For gold is proved in fire, And acceptable men in a furnace of affliction.
2:6 Trust in him and he will strengthen you, Make straight your ways and hope in him.
2:7 You+ who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; And do not turn aside lest you+ fall.
2:8 You+ who fear the Lord, put your+ trust in him, And your+ reward will not fail.
2:9 You+ who fear the Lord, hope for good things, And for eternal gladness and mercy.
2:10 Look to the generations of old, and see: Who trusted in Yahweh, and was put to shame? Or who abided in his fear, and was forsaken? Or who called on him, and was overlooked?
2:11 For Yahweh is merciful and gracious, And he saves in time of trouble.
2:12 Woe to fearful hearts and faint hands, And to the sinner who goes two ways.
2:13 Woe to the faint heart; because it does not believe, Therefore it will not be sheltered.
2:14 Woe to you+ who have lost patience, And what will you+ do when the Lord visits you+?
2:15 Those who fear the Lord will not be disobedient to his words, And those who love him will keep his ways.
2:16 Those who fear the Lord will seek his good pleasure, And those who love him will be filled with the law.
2:17 Those who fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, And will humble their souls in his sight.
2:18 For as is his majesty, so also is his mercy, And as is his name, so also are his works.
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