Job Chapter 5 |
1Call now! Will anyone answer you?
To whom among the holy beings will you turn?
2Vexation kills the fool;
Passion slays the simpleton.
3I myself saw a fool who had struck roots;
Impulsively, I cursed his home:
4May his children be far from success;
May they be oppressed in the gate with none to deliver them;
5May the hungry devour his harvest,
Carrying it off in baskets;
May the thirsty swallow their wealth.
6Evil does not grow out of the soil,
Nor does mischief spring from the ground;
7For man is born to [do] mischief,
Just as sparks fly upward.
8But I would resort to God;
I would lay my case before God,
9Who performs great deeds which cannot be fathomed,
Wondrous things without number;
10Who gives rain to the earth,
And sends water over the fields;
11Who raises the lowly up high,
So that the dejected are secure in victory;
12Who thwarts the designs of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot gain success;
13Who traps the clever in their own wiles;
The plans of the crafty go awry.
14By day they encounter darkness,
At noon they grope as in the night.
15But He saves the needy from the sword of their mouth,
From the clutches of the strong.
16So there is hope for the wretched;
The mouth of wrongdoing is stopped.
17See how happy is the man whom God reproves;
Do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.
18He injures, but He binds up;
He wounds, but His hands heal.
19He will deliver you from six troubles;
In seven no harm will reach you:
20In famine He will redeem you from death,
In war, from the sword.
21You will be sheltered from the scourging tongue;
You will have no fear when violence comes.
22You will laugh at violence and starvation,
And have no fear of wild beasts.
23For you will have a pact with the rocks in the field,
And the beasts of the field will be your allies.
24You will know that all is well in your tent;
When you visit your wife you will never fail.
25You will see that your offspring are many,
Your descendants like the grass of the earth.
26You will come to the grave in ripe old age,
As shocks of grain are taken away in their season.
27See, we have inquired into this and it is so;
Hear it and accept it.