Job 5 NIV

1 "Call if you will, but who will answer you?1 To which of the holy ones2 will you turn?

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2 Resentment3 kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.4

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3 I myself have seen5 a fool taking root,6 but suddenly7 his house was cursed.8
4 His children9 are far from safety,10 crushed in court11 without a defender.12

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5 The hungry consume his harvest,13 taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.

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6 For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.14

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7 Yet man is born to trouble15 as surely as sparks fly upward.

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8 "But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.16

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9 He performs wonders17 that cannot be fathomed,18 miracles that cannot be counted.19
10 He bestows rain on the earth;20 he sends water upon the countryside.21

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11 The lowly he sets on high,22 and those who mourn23 are lifted24 to safety.

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12 He thwarts the plans25 of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.26

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13 He catches the wise27 in their craftiness,28 and the schemes of the wily are swept away.29
14 Darkness30 comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.31

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15 He saves the needy32 from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.33

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16 So the poor34 have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.35

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17 "Blessed is the man whom God corrects;36 so do not despise the discipline37 of the Almighty.a38

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    • a 5:17 - Hebrew "Shaddai "; here and throughout Job
      18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;39 he injures, but his hands also heal.40

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      19 From six calamities he will rescue41 you; in seven no harm will befall you.42

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      20 In famine43 he will ransom you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.44

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      21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,45 and need not fear46 when destruction comes.47

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          22 You will laugh48 at destruction and famine,49 and need not fear the beasts of the earth.50

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          23 For you will have a covenant51 with the stones52 of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.53
          24 You will know that your tent is secure;54 you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.55

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          25 You will know that your children will be many,56 and your descendants like the grass of the earth.57

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          26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,58 like sheaves gathered in season.59

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          27 "We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it60 and apply it to yourself."61

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