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Job 5:1-7 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Call out! Will anyone answer you?
Which of the holy ones will you turn to?
For anger kills a fool,
and jealousy slays the gullible.
I have seen a fool taking root,
but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.
His children are far from safety.
They are crushed at the city gate,
with no one to rescue them.
The hungry consume his harvest,
even taking it out of the thorns.[a]
The thirsty[b] pant for his children’s wealth.
For distress does not grow out of the soil,
and trouble does not sprout from the ground.
But humans are born for trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.


  1. 5:5 Hb obscure
  2. 5:5 Aq, Sym, Syr, Vg; MT reads snares
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Job 5:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Job Is Corrected by God

“Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
Surely vexation kills the fool,
    and jealousy slays the simple.
I have seen fools taking root,
    but suddenly I cursed their dwelling.
Their children are far from safety,
    they are crushed in the gate,
    and there is no one to deliver them.
The hungry eat their harvest,
    and they take it even out of the thorns;[a]
    and the thirsty[b] pant after their wealth.
For misery does not come from the earth,
    nor does trouble sprout from the ground;
but human beings are born to trouble
    just as sparks[c] fly upward.


  1. Job 5:5 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Job 5:5 Aquila Symmachus Syr Vg: Heb snare
  3. Job 5:7 Or birds; Heb sons of Resheph
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