Job 5 NIV

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

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2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

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3 I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.
4 His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.

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5 The hungry consume his harvest, 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.

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

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8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.

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9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.

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11 The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

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

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

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

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

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17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.a

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

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      19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.

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      20 In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.

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

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          22 You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals.

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

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

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

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          27 “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”

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