Job 5

God Is Just

1Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the a  holy ones will you turn?
2“For b  anger slays the foolish man,
And jealousy kills the simple.
3I have seen the c  foolish taking root,
And I d  cursed his abode immediately.
4“His e  sons are far from safety,
They are even
Lit crushed
oppressed in the gate,
And there is no deliverer.
Lit Whose
His harvest the hungry devour
And take it to a place of thorns,
And the
Ancient versions read thirsty
i  schemer is eager for their wealth.
6“For j  affliction does not come from the dust,
Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7For k  man is born for trouble,
As sparks fly upward.

8“But as for me, I would l  seek God,
And I would place my cause before God;
9Who m  does great and unsearchable things,
Or Miracles
Wonders without number.
10“He o  gives rain on the earth
And sends water on the fields,
11So that p  He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12“He q  frustrates the plotting of the shrewd,
So that their hands cannot attain success.
13“He r  captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14By day they s  meet with darkness,
And grope at noon as in the night.
15But He saves from t  the sword of their mouth,
And u  the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16So the helpless has hope,
And v  unrighteousness must shut its mouth.

17Behold, how w  happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the x  discipline of
Heb Shaddai, and so throughout ch 6
the Almighty.
18“For z  He inflicts pain, and
Lit binds
gives relief;
He wounds, and His hands also heal.
Lit In
From six troubles ac  He will deliver you,
Even in seven ad  evil will not touch you.
20“In ae  famine He will redeem you from death,
And af  in war from the power of the sword.
21“You will be ag  hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
ah  And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22“You will ai  laugh at violence and famine,
aj  And you will not be afraid of
Lit beasts of the earth
wild beasts.
23For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
And al  the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24You will know that your am  tent is secure,
For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25You will know also that your
Lit seed
ao  descendants will be many,
And ap  your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26“You will aq  come to the grave in full vigor,
Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”

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