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Eliphaz: God Blesses those who Seek Him

“Cry out, won’t you!
    Is there anyone who will answer you?
        To whom will you turn among the holy ones?
For wrath will slay a fool;
    zealous anger will kill the naïve.

“I myself saw a fool becoming established,
    but I suddenly cursed where he lived.[a]
His children are far from deliverance;
    they’ll be maltreated before they leave home,[b]
        with no one to rescue them.
Then the hungry will devour his harvest,
    snatching it even from the midst of thorns,
        while the thirsty covet their wealth.
For wickedness doesn’t crop up from dust,
    nor does trouble sprout out of the ground;
But mankind is born headed for trouble,
    just as sparks soar skyward.”

God Can be Trusted in Adversity

“Now as for me, I would seek God if I were you;[c]
    I would commit my case to God.
He is always doing great things that cannot be explained,
    countless awesome deeds.
10 He sends rain on the surface of the earth,
    and waters the surface of the open country.
11 He sets the lowly on high,
    and lifts those who mourn to safety.[d]
12 He frustrates the plans of the crafty;
    so that what they work for never succeeds.
13 He captures the wise in their own craftiness,
    bringing a quick end to their cunning advice.
14 They meet with darkness in broad daylight;
    at noonday they grope around as if it were night.
15 So he delivers from the sword of their mouth—
    the poor from the power[e] of the mighty.
16 Therefore there is hope for those who are poor,
    and iniquity shuts its mouth.

17 “Indeed, how blessed is the person whom God reproves!
    So never disrespect the discipline of the Almighty,
18 because though he wounds, but then applies bandages;
    though he strikes, his hands still heal.

19 “He will deliver you through six calamities;
    and calamity won’t touch you throughout the seventh.
20 He will deliver you from death by famine;
    in war from the power[f] of the sword.
21 You’ll be protected from the accusing[g] tongue;
    you need not fear destruction when it heads your way.
22 You’ll laugh at destruction and famine;
    and you need not fear the beasts of the earth.
23 For you’ll have a pact[h] with the stones in the field;
    and the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 You’ll know that your home[i] is secure;
    when you search your possessions, and nothing will be missing.
25 You’ll know that you’ll have many children;
    and that your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.
26 You’ll go to your grave at a ripe old age;
    like a stack of grain that’s harvested at just the right time.

27 “Look! We have thought all this through,
    and what we’ve said is true;[j]
        So please listen and learn for your own good!”

Footnotes

  1. Job 5:3 Or dwelling place
  2. Job 5:4 Lit. be crushed in the gate
  3. Job 5:8 The Heb. lacks if I were you
  4. Job 5:11 Or deliverance
  5. Job 5:15 Lit. hand
  6. Job 5:20 Lit. mouth
  7. Job 5:21 Lit. lash of the
  8. Job 5:23 Or be in league
  9. Job 5:24 Lit. tent
  10. Job 5:27 Lit. and thus it is so

“Call if you will, but who will answer you?(A)
    To which of the holy ones(B) will you turn?
Resentment(C) kills a fool,
    and envy slays the simple.(D)
I myself have seen(E) a fool taking root,(F)
    but suddenly(G) his house was cursed.(H)
His children(I) are far from safety,(J)
    crushed in court(K) without a defender.(L)
The hungry consume his harvest,(M)
    taking it even from among thorns,
    and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
For hardship does not spring from the soil,
    nor does trouble sprout from the ground.(N)
Yet man is born to trouble(O)
    as surely as sparks fly upward.

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
    I would lay my cause before him.(P)
He performs wonders(Q) that cannot be fathomed,(R)
    miracles that cannot be counted.(S)
10 He provides rain for the earth;(T)
    he sends water on the countryside.(U)
11 The lowly he sets on high,(V)
    and those who mourn(W) are lifted(X) to safety.
12 He thwarts the plans(Y) of the crafty,
    so that their hands achieve no success.(Z)
13 He catches the wise(AA) in their craftiness,(AB)
    and the schemes of the wily are swept away.(AC)
14 Darkness(AD) comes upon them in the daytime;
    at noon they grope as in the night.(AE)
15 He saves the needy(AF) from the sword in their mouth;
    he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.(AG)
16 So the poor(AH) have hope,
    and injustice shuts its mouth.(AI)

17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;(AJ)
    so do not despise the discipline(AK) of the Almighty.[a](AL)
18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;(AM)
    he injures, but his hands also heal.(AN)
19 From six calamities he will rescue(AO) you;
    in seven no harm will touch you.(AP)
20 In famine(AQ) he will deliver you from death,
    and in battle from the stroke of the sword.(AR)
21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,(AS)
    and need not fear(AT) when destruction comes.(AU)
22 You will laugh(AV) at destruction and famine,(AW)
    and need not fear the wild animals.(AX)
23 For you will have a covenant(AY) with the stones(AZ) of the field,
    and the wild animals will be at peace with you.(BA)
24 You will know that your tent is secure;(BB)
    you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.(BC)
25 You will know that your children will be many,(BD)
    and your descendants like the grass of the earth.(BE)
26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,(BF)
    like sheaves gathered in season.(BG)

27 “We have examined this, and it is true.
    So hear it(BH) and apply it to yourself.”(BI)

Footnotes

  1. Job 5:17 Hebrew Shaddai; here and throughout Job

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