error message: Job for apache2.service failed. What should I do?

I just got this error when trying to run apache.

Job for apache2.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status apache2.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

ubuntu apache2[6296]: * The apache2 configtest failed. ubuntu apache2[6296]: Output of config test was: ubuntu apache2[6296]: apache2: Syntax error on line 140 of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: Syntax error on line 1 of /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.load: Cannot load /usr/lib/a...e or directory ubuntu apache2[6296]: Action 'configtest' failed. ubuntu apache2[6296]: The Apache error log may have more information.

Can you provide any guidance?

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This appears to be a configuration issue regarding your apache service, specificall php is unable to load a specific apache file. Please identify which file is unable to load. The following should be helpful:

For troubleshooting apache issues:

https://linode.com/docs/troubleshooting/troubleshooting-common-apache-issues/

For general rules:

https://linode.com/docs/web-servers/apache-tips-and-tricks/apache-configuration-basics/
https://linode.com/docs/web-servers/apache-tips-and-tricks/apache-configuration-structure

For optional apache configuration:

https://linode.com/docs/web-servers/apache-tips-and-tricks/tuning-your-apache-server/

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