Job 24:21
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New International Version
They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow they show no kindness.

King James Bible
He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despoileth the barren that beareth not, and doeth not good to the widow:

World English Bible
He devours the barren who don't bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.

Young's Literal Translation
Treating evil the barren who beareth not, And to the widow he doth no good,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He evil entreateth the barren - I believe the original word ולה should be translated he feedeth, and so the Vulgate understood the word: Pavit enim sterilem. He has been kind to the barren woman; but he has done no good to the widow. He has shown no mercy to large families; he has been an enemy to the procreation of children. Though he may, for particular reasons, have provided for a barren woman; yet the widow he has not comforted, she being old or infirm, or such as might not suit his purpose.

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1 Samuel 1:6,7 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb...

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Job 24:3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Job 31:16-18 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail...

Whether the Husband Can on his Own Judgment Put Away his Wife on Account of Fornication?
Objection 1: It would seem that the husband can on his own judgment put away his wife on account of fornication. For when sentence has been pronounced by the judge, it is lawful to carry it out without any further judgment. But God, the just Judge, has pronounced this judgment, that a husband may put his wife away on account of fornication. Therefore no further judgment is required for this. Objection 2: Further, it is stated (Mat. 1:19) that Joseph . . . being a just man . . . "was minded to put"
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether the Old Law Set Forth Suitable Precepts About the Members of the Household?
Objection 1: It would seem that the Old Law set forth unsuitable precepts about the members of the household. For a slave "is in every respect his master's property," as the Philosopher states (Polit. i, 2). But that which is a man's property should be his always. Therefore it was unfitting for the Law to command (Ex. 21:2) that slaves should "go out free" in the seventh year. Objection 2: Further, a slave is his master's property, just as an animal, e.g. an ass or an ox. But it is commanded (Dt.
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
1 Samuel 1:6
Because the LORD had closed Hannah's womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.

Job 22:9
And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless.

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