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Job 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 "Call for help, Job, if you think anyone will answer! To which of the holy angels will you turn? 1 "Call if you will, but who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 The hot temper of a fool eventually kills him, the jealous anger of a simpleton does her in. 2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.
3 I've seen it myself - seen fools putting down roots, and then, suddenly, their houses are cursed. 3 I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.
4 Their children out in the cold, abused and exploited, with no one to stick up for them. 4 His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.
5 Hungry people off the street plunder their harvests, cleaning them out completely, taking thorns and all, insatiable for everything they have. 5 The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
6 Don't blame fate when things go wrong - trouble doesn't come from nowhere. 6 For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.
7 It's human! Mortals are born and bred for trouble, as certainly as sparks fly upward. What a Blessing When God Corrects You! 7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.
8 "If I were in your shoes, I'd go straight to God, I'd throw myself on the mercy of God. 8 "But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.
9 After all, he's famous for great and unexpected acts; there's no end to his surprises. 9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields. 10 He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside.
11 He raises up the down-and-out, gives firm footing to those sinking in grief. 11 The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks, so that none of their plots come to term. 12 He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.
13 He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies - all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash! 13 He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.
14 Suddenly they're disoriented, plunged into darkness; they can't see to put one foot in front of the other. 14 Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.
15 But the downtrodden are saved by God, saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist. 15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.
16 And so the poor continue to hope, while injustice is bound and gagged. 16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.
17 "So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you! Mind you, don't despise the discipline of Almighty God! 17 "Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
18 True, he wounds, but he also dresses the wound; the same hand that hurts you, heals you. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
19 From one disaster after another he delivers you; no matter what the calamity, the evil can't touch you - 19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will befall you.
20 "In famine, he'll keep you from starving, in war, from being gutted by the sword. 20 In famine he will ransom you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.
21 You'll be protected from vicious gossip and live fearless through any catastrophe. 21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.
22 You'll shrug off disaster and famine, and stroll fearlessly among wild animals. 22 You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the beasts of the earth.
23 You'll be on good terms with rocks and mountains; wild animals will become your good friends. 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'll know that your place on earth is safe, you'll look over your goods and find nothing amiss. 24 You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.
25 You'll see your children grow up, your family lovely and lissome as orchard grass. 25 You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.
26 You'll arrive at your grave ripe with many good years, like sheaves of golden grain at harvest. 26 You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.
27 "Yes, this is the way things are - my word of honor! Take it to heart and you won't go wrong." Job Replies to Eliphaz 27 "We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself."