Job 5

1“Job, call out if you want, but no one will answer you! You can’t turn to any of the angels! 2A foolish person’s anger will kill him. A fool’s strong emotions will kill him. 3I saw a foolish person who thought he was safe. But suddenly, he died. 4There was no one to help his children. No one defended them in court. 5Hungry people ate all his crops. Those hungry people took even the grain growing among the thorns. Greedy people took all they had. 6Bad times don’t come up from the dirt. Trouble does not grow from the ground. 7But man is born to have trouble, as sure as sparks fly up from a fire. 8“But Job, if I were you, I would turn to God and tell him about my problems. 9People can’t understand the wonderful things God does. There is no end to the miracles God does. 10God sends rain on the earth. He sends water to the fields. 11God raises up the humble person, and he makes a sad person very happy. 12God stops the plans of clever, evil people, so they have no success. 13God catches even wise people in their own traps. So those clever plans are not successful. 14Those smart people stumble around even in the daytime. Even at noon, they are like a person who feels his way in the dark. 15God saves poor people from death. He saves the poor people from the power of the clever people. 16So poor people have hope. God destroys bad people who are not fair. 17“A person is fortunate when God corrects him! So don’t complain when God All-Powerful punishes you. 18God puts bandages on the wounds he makes. He might injure someone, but his hands also heal. 19He will save you from six troubles. Yes, might endure seven disasters and not be hurt! 20God will save you from death when there is famine. And God will protect you from death when there is war. 21People might say bad things about you with their sharp tongues. But God will protect you. You won’t need to be afraid when bad things happen! 22You will laugh at destruction and famine. You won’t be afraid of wild animals! 23˻Your agreement is with God,˼ so even the rocks in the field share in your agreement. Even the wild animals make peace with you. 24You will live in peace because your tent is safe. You will count your property and find nothing missing. 25You will have many children. They will be as many as the blades of grass on the earth. 26You will be like the wheat that grows until harvest time. Yes, you will live to a ripe old age. 27“Job, we have studied these things, and we know they are true. So Job, listen to us, and learn them for yourself.”

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