1“Job, call out if you want, and see if anyone answers!
But to which of the angels will you turn?
2A fool’s anger will kill him.
His jealousy will destroy him.
3I saw a fool who thought he was safe,
but suddenly he died.#5:3 suddenly he died Or “suddenly his home was cursed.”
4There was no one to help his children.
No one defended them in court.
5Hungry people ate all his crops,
even the grain growing among the thorns,
and greedy people took all he had.
6Bad times don’t come up from the dirt.
Trouble does not grow from the ground.
7But people are born to have trouble,
as surely as sparks rise from a fire.
8If I were you, I would turn to God
and tell him about my problems.
9People cannot understand the wonderful things God does.
His miracles are too many to count.
10He sends rain all over the earth
and waters the fields.
11He raises up the humble
and makes sad people happy.
12He spoils the plans of even the smartest people
so that they will not succeed.
13He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps
and brings to an end their evil plans.
14Daylight will be like darkness for them.
Even at noon they will have to feel their way as in the dark.
15God saves the poor from the hurtful words of the wicked.
He saves them from those who are powerful.
16So the poor have hope;
God shuts the mouths of those who would cause them harm.
17“You are fortunate when God corrects you.
So don’t complain when God All-Powerful punishes you.
18God might injure you, but he will bandage those wounds.
He might hurt you, but his hands also heal.
19He will save you again and again.
No evil will harm you.#5:19 Literally, “In six troubles, he will rescue you, and in seven, evil will not touch you.”
20God will save you from death
when there is famine.
He will protect you from the sword
when there is war.
21People might say bad things about you with their sharp tongues.
But God will protect you.
You will not be afraid when bad things happen!
22You will laugh at destruction and famine.
You will not be afraid of wild animals!
23It is as if you have a peace treaty
with the wild animals and the rocks in the field.
24You will live in peace because your tent is safe.
You will count your property and find nothing missing.
25You will have many children.
They will be as many as the blades of grass on the earth.
26You will be like the wheat that grows until harvest time.
Yes, you will live to a ripe old age.
27“We have studied this and know it is true.
So listen to us, and learn for yourself.”