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Job: Chapter 5

Eliphaz shows that the end of the wicked is misery, 1-5; that man is born to trouble, 6, 7; that God is to be regarded in affliction, 8-16; the happy end of God's correction, 17-27.

1 "Call now, if there is any who will answer you. And to which of the saints will you turn?

2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

3 I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there anyone to deliver them.

5 The hungry eat up his harvest, and take it even out of the thorns, and the robber swallows up their substance.

6 Although affliction does not come forth from the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground,

7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

8 I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause,

9 Who does great and unsearchable things, wonderful things without number.

10 He gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields,

11 To set on high those who are low, so that those who mourn may be exalted to safety.

12 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, and grope in the noon-day as in the night.

15 But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore, do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.

18 For he makes sore, and binds up. He wounds, and his hands make whole.

19 He will deliver you in six troubles, even in seven no evil shall touch you.

20 In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.

21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.

22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

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 And you shall know that your tabernacle will be in peace, and you shall visit your habitation, and shall miss nothing.

25 You shall also know that your seed will be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.

26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, as a shock of corn comes in its season.

27 Behold this, we have searched it, and it is so. Hear it, and know it for your good."