Job 5

English Standard Version

1 “Call now; is there anyone who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn? (Job 15:15; Ps 89:5; Ps 89:7; Zec 14:5)2 Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.3 I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling. (Ps 37:35; Ps 73:18; Jer 12:2)4 His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them. (Jos 20:4; Ru 4:1; Job 29:7; Ps 119:155; Ps 127:5; Pr 22:22; Am 5:12)5 The hungry eat his harvest, and he takes it even out of thorns,[1] and the thirsty pant[2] after his[3] wealth.6 For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble sprout from the ground,7 but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. (Ge 3:17; Job 14:1; Ec 2:23)8 “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,9 who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number: (Job 9:10; Job 10:16; Job 11:7; Job 34:24; Job 37:5; Ps 40:5; Ps 72:18; Ro 11:33; Re 15:3)10 he gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields; (Ps 65:9; Ps 104:10; Ps 104:13; Ps 147:8; Jer 5:24; Jer 14:22; Mt 5:45; Ac 14:17)11 he sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. (1Sa 2:7; Ps 113:7)12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. (Ne 4:15; Ps 33:10; Isa 8:10)13 He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end. (Ps 9:15; 1Co 3:19)14 They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope at noonday as in the night. (De 28:29; Job 12:25; Isa 59:10)15 But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouth and from the hand of the mighty. (Ps 35:10)16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth. (Ps 63:11; Ps 107:42)17 “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. (Ge 17:1; Ps 94:12; Pr 3:11; Heb 12:5; Jas 1:12; Re 3:19)18 For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal. (De 32:39; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Ho 6:1)19 He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil[4] shall touch you. (Ps 34:19; Ps 91:3; Ps 91:10; 1Co 10:13)20 In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. (Ps 33:19; Ps 37:19)21 You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes. (Ps 31:20)22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh, and shall not fear the beasts of the earth. (Isa 11:8; Isa 35:9; Isa 65:25; Eze 34:25; Ho 2:18)23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.24 You shall know that your tent is at peace, and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing. (Job 21:9)25 You shall know also that your offspring shall be many, and your descendants as the grass of the earth. (Job 21:8; Ps 72:16; Ps 112:2)26 You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, like a sheaf gathered up in its season. (Ge 15:15; Ge 25:8; Ge 35:29; Pr 9:11; Pr 10:27)27 Behold, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear, and know it for your good.”[5] (Ps 111:2)