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Job 5

1 Call out now. Is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 For anger kills a foolish man, and jealousy slays a simple one.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling place.
4 His sons are far from safety, they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to rescue them.
5 The hungry eat up his harvest, taking it even from the thorns, and a snare snatches their wealth.
6 For affliction does not come forth from the dust, nor does trouble spring up out of the ground;
7 yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 But indeed, I would seek the Mighty God, and before God I would lay out my case;
9 who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:
10 He gives rain upon the face of the earth, and sends waters abroad;
11 He sets the lowly on high, and those who mourn are exalted to safety;
12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot bring about their success;
13 He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the twisted is precipitated.
14 They meet with darkness by day, and grope at midday as in the night.
15 But He saves the needy from the sword, from the mouth of the mighty, and from their hand.
16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth.
17 Behold, blessed is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
18 For He bruises, but He binds up; He shatters, but His hands heal.
19 He will deliver you in six troubles; yea, in seven no evil shall touch you:
20 In famine He shall redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, and you shall not be afraid of devastation when it comes.
22 You shall laugh at devastation and famine, and you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall have a covenant 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 in peace; you shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss.
25 You shall also know that your seed shall be many, and your offspring like the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to the grave in full vigor, as a sheaf of grain springs up in its season.
27 Behold, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear and know it for yourself.
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