Job 5-6

5“Call now; is there anyone who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn? 2Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple. 3I have seen fools taking root, but suddenly I cursed their dwelling. 4Their children are far from safety, they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them. 5The hungry eat their harvest, and they take it even out of the thorns; and the thirsty pant after their wealth.

6For misery does not come from the earth, nor does trouble sprout from the ground; 7but human beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward. 8“As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. 9He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. 10He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields; 11he sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. 13He takes the wise in their own craftiness; and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end. 14They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night. 15But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouth, from the hand of the mighty. 16So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.

17“How happy is the one whom God reproves; therefore do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18For he wounds, but he binds up; he strikes, but his hands heal. 19He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no harm shall touch you. 20In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes. 22At destruction and famine you shall laugh, and shall not fear the wild animals of the earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the wild animals shall be at peace with you. 24You shall know that your tent is safe, you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing. 25You shall know that your descendants will be many, and your offspring like the grass of the earth. 26You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, as a shock of grain comes up to the threshing floor in its season. 27See, we have searched this out; it is true. Hear, and know it for yourself.”

6Then Job answered: 2“O that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances! 3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash. 4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does the wild ass bray over its grass, or the ox low over its fodder? 6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any flavor in the juice of mallows? 7My appetite refuses to touch them; they are like food that is loathsome to me.

8“O that I might have my request, and that God would grant my desire; 9that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off! 10This would be my consolation; I would even exult in unrelenting pain; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 11What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient? 12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 13In truth I have no help in me, and any resource is driven from me.

14“Those who withhold kindness from a friend forsake the fear of the Almighty. 15My companions are treacherous like a torrent-bed, like freshets that pass away, 16that run dark with ice, turbid with melting snow. 17In time of heat they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place. 18The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste, and perish. 19The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope. 20They are disappointed because they were confident; they come there and are confounded. 21Such you have now become to me; you see my calamity, and are afraid.

22Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’? 23Or, ‘Save me from an opponent’s hand’? Or, ‘Ransom me from the hand of oppressors’? 24“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone wrong. 25How forceful are honest words! But your reproof, what does it reprove? 26Do you think that you can reprove words, as if the speech of the desperate were wind? 27You would even cast lots over the orphan, and bargain over your friend. 28“But now, be pleased to look at me; for I will not lie to your face. 29Turn, I pray, let no wrong be done. Turn now, my vindication is at stake. 30Is there any wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern calamity?

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