1“Call if you want to, Job, but no one will answer you.
You can’t turn to any of the holy ones.
2Anger kills the fool,
and jealousy slays the stupid.
3I have seen a fool succeed,
but I cursed his home immediately.
4His children are far from safety
and are crushed in court with no defense.
5The hungry eat his harvest,
even taking what grew among the thorns,
and thirsty people want his wealth.
6Hard times do not come up from the ground,
and trouble does not grow from the earth.
7People produce trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.
8“But if I were you, I would call on God
and bring my problem before him.
9God does wonders that cannot be understood;
he does so many miracles they cannot be counted.
10He gives rain to the earth
and sends water on the fields.
11He makes the humble person important
and lifts the sad to places of safety.
12He ruins the plans of those who trick others
so they have no success.
13He catches the wise in their own clever traps
and sweeps away the plans of those who try to trick others.
14Darkness covers them up in the daytime;
even at noon they feel around in the dark.
15God saves the needy from their lies
and from the harm done by powerful people.
16So the poor have hope,
while those who are unfair are silenced.
17“The one whom God corrects is happy,
so do not hate being corrected by the Almighty.
18God hurts, but he also bandages up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
19He will save you from six troubles;
even seven troubles will not harm you.
20God will buy you back from death in times of hunger,
and in battle he will save you from the sword.
21You will be protected from the tongue that strikes like a whip,
and you will not be afraid when destruction comes.
22You will laugh at destruction and hunger,
and you will not fear the wild animals,
23because you will have an agreement with the stones in the field,
and the wild animals will be at peace with you.
24You will know that your tent is safe,
because you will check the things you own and find nothing missing.
25You will know that you will have many children,
and your descendants will be like the grass on the earth.
26You will come to the grave with all your strength,
like bundles of grain gathered at the right time.
27“We have checked this, and it is true,
so hear it and decide what it means to you.”
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