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Job 5-6 Common English Bible (CEB)

Life’s problems

Call out. Will anyone answer you?
    To which holy one will you turn?
Surely anger can kill the foolish;
    fury can kill the simple.
I’ve seen the foolish take root
    and promptly curse their house.
Their children are far[a] from safety,
    crushed in the gate without a deliverer.
The hungry devour[b] their crops;
    it’s taken even from the thorns,[c]
    and the thirsty pant after their yield.
Surely trouble doesn’t come from dust,
    nor does distress sprout from the ground.
Surely humans are born to distress,
    just as sparks rise up.

The answer is God

But I would seek God,
        put my case to God,
    who does great things beyond comprehension,
    wonderful things without number;
10     who provides rain over the earth’s surface,
    sends water to the open country,
11     exalts the lowly,
        raises mourners to victory;
12     who frustrates the schemes of the clever
        so that their hands achieve no success,
13     trapping the wise in their cleverness
            so that the plans of the devious don’t succeed.
14 They encounter darkness during the day,
    and at noon they fumble about as at night.
15 Yet he rescues the orphan[d] from the sword of their mouth,
    the needy from the grip of the strong;
16         so the poor have hope
        and violence shuts its mouth.

Divine favor

17 Look, happy is the person whom God corrects;
    so don’t reject the Almighty’s instruction.
18 He injures, but he binds up;
    he strikes, but his hands heal.
19 From six adversities he will deliver you;
    from seven harm won’t touch you.
20 In famine he will ransom you from death;
    in war, from the power of the sword.
21 You will be hidden from the tongue’s sting,
    and you won’t fear destruction when it comes.
22 You will laugh at destruction and hunger;
    you won’t be afraid of wild beasts;
23         for you will make an agreement with the stones of the field;
        and the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 You will know that your tent is secure.
    You will examine your home and miss nothing.
25 You will know that you’ll have many children.
    Your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.
26 You will come to your grave in old age
    as bundles of grain stacked up at harvesttime.
27 Look, we’ve searched this out, and so it is;
    listen and find out for yourself.

Job defends his anger

Job responded:

Oh, that my grief were actually weighed,
    all of it were lifted up in scales;
    for now it’s heavier than the sands of the sea;
        therefore, my words are rash.[e]
The Almighty’s arrows are in me;
    my spirit drinks their poison,
    and God’s terrors are arrayed against me.
Does a donkey bray over grass
    or an ox bellow over its fodder?
Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
    or does egg white[f] have taste?
I refuse to touch them;
    they resemble food for the sick.

He wishes to die

Oh, that what I’ve requested would come
        and God grant my hope;
    that God be willing to crush me,
    release his hand and cut me off.
10 I’d still take comfort,
    relieved[g] even though in persistent pain;
        for I’ve not denied the words of the holy one.
11 What is my strength, that I should hope;
    my end, that my life should drag on?
12 Is my strength that of rocks,
    my flesh bronze?
13 I don’t have a helper for myself;
    success has been taken from me.

He accuses his friends

14 Are friends loyal to the one who despairs,[h]
    or do they stop fearing the Almighty?
15 My companions are treacherous like a stream in the desert,
    like channels that overrun their streambeds,
16     like those darkened by thawing ice,
        in which snow is obscured
17     but that stop flowing in dry times
        and vanish from their channels in heat.
18 Caravans turn aside from their paths;
    they go up into untamed areas and perish.
19 Caravans from Tema look;
    merchants from Sheba hope for it.
20 They are ashamed that they trusted;
    they arrive and are dismayed.
21 That’s what you are like;[i]
    you see something awful and are afraid.

He appeals to his friends

22 Have I said, “Give me something?
    Offer a bribe from your wealth for me?
23     Rescue me from the hand of my enemy?
    Ransom me from the grip of the ruthless?”
24 Instruct me and I’ll be quiet;
    inform me how I’ve erred.
25 How painful are truthful words,
    but what do your condemnations accomplish?
26 Do you intend to correct my words,
    to treat the words of a hopeless man as wind?
27 Would you even gamble over an orphan,
    barter away your friend?
28 Now look at me—
    would I lie to your face?
29 Turn! Don’t be faithless.
    Turn now! I am righteous.
30 Is there wrong on my tongue,
    or can my mouth not recognize disaster?

Footnotes:

  1. Job 5:4 Or May their children be far from safety.
  2. Job 5:5 or May the hungry devour their crops.
  3. Job 5:5 Heb uncertain
  4. Job 5:15 Heb lacks orphan.
  5. Job 6:3 Heb uncertain
  6. Job 6:6 Heb uncertain
  7. Job 6:10 Heb uncertain
  8. Job 6:14 Heb uncertain
  9. Job 6:21 Heb uncertain
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