Job 5
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1“Call out now; Is there anyone who will answer you? And 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?
2For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one.2For wrath will slay a fool; zealous anger will kill the naive.
3I have seen the foolish taking root, But suddenly I cursed his dwelling place.3"I myself saw a fool becoming established, but I suddenly cursed where he lived.
4His sons are far from safety, They are crushed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.4His children are far from deliverance; they'll be maltreated before they leave home, with no one to rescue them.
5Because the hungry eat up his harvest, Taking it even from the thorns, And a snare snatches their substance.5Then the hungry will devour his harvest, snatching it even from the midst of thorns, while the thirsty covet their wealth.
6For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble spring 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 the sparks fly upward.7But mankind is born headed for trouble, just as sparks soar skyward."
8“But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause—8"Now as for me, I would seek God if I were you; I would commit my case to God.
9Who does great things, and unsearchable, Marvelous things without number.9He is always doing great things that cannot be explained, countless awesome deeds.
10He gives rain on the earth, And sends waters on the fields.10He sends rain on the surface of the earth, and waters the surface of the open country.
11He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.11He sets the lowly on high, and lifts those who mourn to safety.
12He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot carry out their plans.12He frustrates the plans of the crafty; so that what they work for never succeeds.
13He catches the wise in their own craftiness, And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.13He captures the wise in their own craftiness, bringing a quick end to their cunning advice.
14They meet with darkness in the daytime, And grope at noontime as in the night.14They meet with darkness in broad daylight; at noonday they grope around as if it were night.
15But He saves the needy from the sword, From the mouth of the mighty, And from their hand.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 her mouth.16Therefore there is hope for those who are poor, and iniquity shuts its mouth.
17“Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.17"Indeed, how blessed is the person whom God reproves! So never disrespect the discipline of the Almighty,
18For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.18because though he wounds, but then applies bandages; though he strikes, his hands still heal.
19He shall deliver you in six troubles, Yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.19"He will deliver you through six calamities; and calamity won't touch you throughout the seventh.
20In famine He shall redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.20He will deliver you from death by famine; in war from the power of the sword.
21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes.21You'll be protected from the accusing tongue; you need not fear destruction when it heads your way.
22You shall laugh at destruction and famine, And you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.22You'll laugh at destruction and famine; and you need not fear the beasts of the earth.
23For you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field shall 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 shall know that your tent is in peace; You shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss.24You'll know that your home is secure; when you search your possessions, and nothing will be missing.
25You shall also know that your descendants shall be many, And your offspring 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 shall come to the grave at a full age, As a sheaf of grain ripens in its 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.
27Behold, this we have searched out; It is true. Hear it, and know for 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!"
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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