Job 5
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1"Call if you will, but who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?1"Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.2"For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.
3I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.3"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.
4His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.4"His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
5The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.5"His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer is eager for their wealth.
6For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.6"For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.7For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.
8"But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.8"But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;
9He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.9Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number.
10He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.10"He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,
11The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.11So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.12"He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.
13He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.13"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.14"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.
15He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.15"But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.16"So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
17"Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.17"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
18For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.18"For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.19"From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you.
20In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.20"In famine He will redeem you from death, And 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.21"You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals.22"You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.
23For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.23"For you will be in league with the stones of 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.24"You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.25"You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.26"You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27"We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself."27"Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself."
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