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Eliphaz Continues

Call Out for Help

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

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

Job, if I were you,
    I would ask God for help.
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.

Footnotes

  1. 5.5 wealth: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 5.

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