Job 5
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1“Cry for help, but will anyone answer you? Which of the angels will help you?1"Cry out, won't you! Is there anyone who will answer you? To whom will you turn among the holy ones?
2Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.2For wrath will slay a fool; zealous anger will kill the naive.
3I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster.3"I myself saw a fool becoming established, but I suddenly cursed where he lived.
4Their children are abandoned far from help; they are crushed in court with no one to defend them.4His children are far from deliverance; they'll be maltreated before they leave home, with no one to rescue them.
5The hungry devour their harvest, even when it is guarded by brambles. The thirsty pant after their wealth.5Then the hungry will devour his harvest, snatching it even from the midst of thorns, while the thirsty covet their wealth.
6But evil does not spring from the soil, and trouble does not sprout from the earth.6For wickedness doesn't crop up from dust, nor does trouble sprout out of the ground;
7People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.7But mankind is born headed for trouble, just as sparks soar skyward."
8“If I were you, I would go to God and present my case to him.8"Now as for me, I would seek God if I were you; I would commit my case to God.
9He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.9He is always doing great things that cannot be explained, countless awesome deeds.
10He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields.10He sends rain on the surface of the earth, and waters the surface of the open country.
11He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer.11He sets the lowly on high, and lifts those who mourn to safety.
12He frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed.12He frustrates the plans of the crafty; so that what they work for never succeeds.
13He traps the wise in their own cleverness so their cunning schemes are thwarted.13He captures the wise in their own craftiness, bringing a quick end to their cunning advice.
14They find it is dark in the daytime, and they grope at noon as if it were night.14They meet with darkness in broad daylight; at noonday they grope around as if it were night.
15He rescues the poor from the cutting words of the strong, and rescues them from the clutches of the powerful.15So he delivers from the sword of their mouth— the poor from the power of the mighty.
16And so at last the poor have hope, and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut.16Therefore there is hope for those who are poor, and iniquity shuts its mouth.
17“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.17"Indeed, how blessed is the person whom God reproves! So never disrespect the discipline of the Almighty,
18For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.18because though he wounds, but then applies bandages; though he strikes, his hands still heal.
19From six disasters he will rescue you; even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil.19"He will deliver you through six calamities; and calamity won't touch you throughout the seventh.
20He will save you from death in time of famine, from the power of the sword in time of war.20He will deliver you from death by famine; in war from the power of the sword.
21You will be safe from slander and have no 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; wild animals will not terrify you.22You'll laugh at destruction and famine; and you need not fear the beasts of the earth.
23You will be at peace with the stones of the field, and its 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 home is safe. When you survey your possessions, nothing will be missing.24You'll know that your home is secure; when you search your possessions, and nothing will be missing.
25You will have many children; your descendants will be as plentiful as grass!25You'll know that you'll have many children; and that your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.
26You will go to the grave at a ripe old age, like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time!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 studied life and found all this to be true. Listen to my counsel, 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!"
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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