5 Eliphaz:As for you, Job, feel free to call, but will anyone reply? Among His holy attendants, to whom will you turn? 2 Remember, anger kills off the foolish, and jealous indignation closes in on the simple for the kill. 3 I have seen a fool putting down roots, apparently succeeding, and immediately I cursed his house, knowing this brings destruction. 4 His children are far from safe, crushed in full view of the city’s gate with no defender nearby. 5 Hungry raiders consume his crops, harvesting even where the thorns stand guard[a] while drifters and con-men target his wealth. 6 You see, sorrow is not a natural product of the soil, nor is trouble known to sprout up from the earth itself. 7 Still humankind is born into trouble, just as embers break loose and fly from the fire.
8 This is why, if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause at the feet of the Lord. 9 He does wonderful things that confound, infinite numbers of miracles. 10 He gives rain to the earth, sends down water to the fields; 11 He lifts up the downtrodden, bolsters the bereaved, raising them to safety. 12 He thwarts the plots of the devious and ties their hands to failure. 13 He catches the clever in their deceitful plotting[b] so the plans of the crafty are swept away. 14 Their day turns to darkness; they grope at noon as they do in blackest night. 15 He saves the needy from the cutting sword, and from the perilous grip of the powerful. 16 So there is still hope for the helpless; and the mouth of injustice is muzzled.
17 Remember, a happy man accepts God’s correction, so don’t despise the discipline of the Highest God.[c] 18 For the Lord may cut, but He stitches up; He may wound, but His hands also heal. 19 In six different perils, He will rescue you; even in seven, evil will not touch you; 20 In famine, He will save you from starvation; and in war, you won’t be run through with the sword; 21 In slanderous situations, you will go unharmed; in the face of chaotic destruction, you won’t tremble; 22 In violence and famine, you will laugh; in the presence of wild animals, you won’t quiver. 23 The stones of the field will sign a treaty with you, and you’ll enjoy a truce with the ravenous beasts. 24 You can rest knowing your tent is invincible; for when you visit your pastures, nothing will be missing. 25 Your children and their children will be abundant, as the blades of grass in the fields. 26 You will arrive hearty and undiminished at the grave after a long life, like a pile of grain harvested at its peak ripeness. 27 We’ve all thought this through. It’s true, and you should hear it. So hear it well, and know it completely.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.