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Job 5

See commentary, If I Have Sinned, What Have I Done To You, Lord?, Job 5-8     |     See Bible Dictionary

Eliphaz shews that the end of the wicked is misery;

5:1 “Call now; is there any who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?

5:2 For resentment kills the foolish man,
and jealousy kills the simple.

5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root,
but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

5:4 His children are far from safety.
They are crushed in the gate.
Neither is there any to deliver them,

5:5 whose harvest the hungry eats up,
and take it even out of the thorns.
The snare gapes for their substance.

that man is born to trouble;

5:6 For affliction doesn’t come forth from the dust,
neither does trouble spring out of the ground;

5:7 but man is born to trouble,
as the sparks fly upward.

that God is to be regarded in affliction;

5:8 “But as for me, I would seek God.
I would commit my cause to God,

5:9 who does great things that can’t be fathomed,
marvelous things without number;

5:10 who gives rain on the earth,
and sends waters on the fields;

5:11 so that he sets up on high those who are low,
those who mourn are exalted to safety.

5:12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands can’t perform their enterprise.

5:13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness;
the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.

5:14 They meet with darkness in the day time,
and grope at noonday as in the night.

5:15 But he saves from the sword of their mouth,
even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

5:16 So the poor has hope,
and injustice shuts her mouth.

the happy end of God's correction.

5:17 “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects.
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.

5:18 For he wounds, and binds up.
He injures, and his hands make whole.

5:19 He will deliver you in six troubles;
yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.

5:20 In famine he will redeem you from death;
in war, from the power of the sword.

5:21 You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.

5:22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh,
neither shall you be afraid of the animals of the earth.

5:23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field.
The animals of the field shall be at peace with you.

5:24 You shall know that your tent is in peace.
You shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing.

5:25 You shall know also that your seed shall be great,
Your offspring as the grass of the earth.

5:26 You shall come to your grave in a full age,
like a shock of grain comes in its season.

5:27 Look this, we have searched it, so it is.
Hear it, and know it for your good.”

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