Job 5
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1"Call if you will, but who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?1"Cry out, won't you! Is there anyone who will answer you? To whom will you turn among the holy ones?
2Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.2For wrath will slay a fool; zealous anger will kill the naive.
3I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.3"I myself saw a fool becoming established, but I suddenly cursed where he lived.
4His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.4His children are far from deliverance; they'll be maltreated before they leave home, with no one to rescue them.
5The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.5Then the hungry will devour his harvest, snatching it even from the midst of thorns, while the thirsty covet their wealth.
6For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.6For wickedness doesn't crop up from dust, nor does trouble sprout out of the ground;
7Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.7But mankind is born headed for trouble, just as sparks soar skyward."
8"But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.8"Now as for me, I would seek God if I were you; I would commit my case to God.
9He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.9He is always doing great things that cannot be explained, countless awesome deeds.
10He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.10He sends rain on the surface of the earth, and waters the surface of the open country.
11The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.11He sets the lowly on high, and lifts those who mourn to safety.
12He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.12He frustrates the plans of the crafty; so that what they work for never succeeds.
13He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.13He captures the wise in their own craftiness, bringing a quick end to their cunning advice.
14Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.14They meet with darkness in broad daylight; at noonday they grope around as if it were night.
15He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.15So he delivers from the sword of their mouth— the poor from the power of the mighty.
16So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.16Therefore there is hope for those who are poor, and iniquity shuts its mouth.
17"Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.17"Indeed, how blessed is the person whom God reproves! So never disrespect the discipline of the Almighty,
18For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.18because though he wounds, but then applies bandages; though he strikes, his hands still heal.
19From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.19"He will deliver you through six calamities; and calamity won't touch you throughout the seventh.
20In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.20He will deliver you from death by famine; in war from the power of the sword.
21You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.21You'll be protected from the accusing tongue; you need not fear destruction when it heads your way.
22You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals.22You'll laugh at destruction and famine; and you need not fear the beasts of the earth.
23For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.23For you'll have a pact with the stones in the field; and the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.24You'll know that your home is secure; when you search your possessions, and nothing will be missing.
25You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.25You'll know that you'll have many children; and that your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.
26You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.26You'll go to your grave at a ripe old age; like a stack of grain that's harvested at just the right time.
27"We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself."27"Look! We have thought all this through, and what we've said is true; So please listen and learn for your own good!"
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