Job 5

God Is Just

1 "Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the 1holy ones will you turn?
2 "For 2anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.
3 "I have seen the 3foolish taking root, And I 4cursed his abode immediately.
4 "His 5sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
5 "His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the 6schemer is eager for their wealth.
6 "For 7affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7 For 8man is born for trouble, As sparks * fly upward.
8 "But as for me, I would 9seek God, And I would place my cause before God;
10 "He 11gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,
11 So that 12He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 "He 13frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.
13 "He 14captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14 "By day they 15meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.
15 "But He saves from 16the sword of their mouth, And 17the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16 "So the helpless has hope, And 18unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
17 "Behold, how 19happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the 20discipline of the Almighty.
18 "For 21He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19 "From six troubles 22He will deliver you, Even in seven 23evil will not touch you.
20 "In 24famine He will redeem you from death, And 25in war from the power of the sword.
21 "You will be 26hidden from the scourge of the tongue, 27And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 "You will 28laugh at violence and famine, 29And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.
23 "For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And 30the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 "You will know that your 31tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 "You will know also that your 32descendants will be many, And 33your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 "You will 34come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27 "Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself."
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