Job 5

Call Out for Help

5 Job, call out for help
        and see if an angel comes!

2 Envy and jealousy
        will kill a stupid fool.
3 I have seen fools take root.
    But God sends a curse,
        suddenly uprooting them
4 and leaving their children
        helpless in court.
5 Then hungry and greedy people
    gobble down their crops
        and grab up their wealth.
6 Our suffering isn’t caused
        by the failure of crops;
7 it’s all part of life,
        like sparks shooting skyward.

8 Job, if I were you,
        I would ask God for help.
9 His miracles are marvelous,
        more than we can count.
10 God sends showers on earth
        and waters the fields.
11 He protects the sorrowful
    and lifts up those
        who have been disgraced.
*12 God swiftly traps the wicked
13 in their own evil schemes,
        and their wisdom fails.
14 Darkness is their only companion,
        hiding their path at noon.
15 God rescues the needy
    from the words of the wicked
        and the fist of the mighty.
16 The poor are filled with hope,
        and injustice is silenced.

Consider Yourself Fortunate

17 Consider yourself fortunate
    if God All-Powerful
        chooses to correct you.
18 He may cause injury and pain,
    but he will bandage and heal
        your cuts and bruises.
19 God will protect you from harm,
    no matter how often
        trouble may strike.

20 In times of war and famine,
        God will keep you safe.
21 You will be sheltered,
    without fear of hurtful words
        or any other weapon.
22 You will laugh at the threat
        of destruction and famine.
    And you won’t be afraid
        of wild animals—
23 they will no longer be fierce,
    and your rocky fields
        will become friendly.
24 Your home will be secure,
        and your sheep will be safe.
25 You will have more descendants
    than there are blades of grass
        on the face of the earth.
26 You will live a long life,
    and your body will be strong
        until the day you die.
27 Our experience has proven
    these things to be true,
        so listen and learn.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary