Job 24:4
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New International Version
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

King James Bible
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

Darby Bible Translation
They turn the needy out of the way: the afflicted of the land all hide themselves.

World English Bible
They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves.

Young's Literal Translation
They turn aside the needy from the way, Together have hid the poor of the earth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They turn the needy out of the way - They will not permit them to go by the accustomed paths; they oblige them to take circuitous routes. When the Marquis of H. was made ranger of Richmond Park, he thought it his duty to shut up a pathway which had existed for a long time; and those who presumed, after this shutting up, to break the fence, and take that path as formerly, were prosecuted. A cobbler near the place entered an action against the marquis: the cause was tried, the marquis cast, and the path ordered to be opened, on the ground that it had, time out of mind, been a public undisputed path. When one asked the cobbler, "How he could have the boldness to go to law with the Marquis of H.?" he answered, "Because I did not like to leave the world worse than I found it." All tolerated oppression and voluntary forfeiture of ancient rights, are injurious to society at large, and they who wink at them leave the world worse than they found it.

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Job 24:14 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

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

Psalm 109:16 Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth...

Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey...

Ezekiel 18:12,18 Has oppressed the poor and needy, has spoiled by violence, has not restored the pledge, and has lifted up his eyes to the idols...

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yes...

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek...

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail...

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it...


Proverbs 28:12,28 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden...

James 5:4-6 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries...

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
Job 24:14
When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up, kills the poor and needy, and in the night steals forth like a thief.

Job 29:12
because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.

Job 29:16
I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.

Job 30:25
Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?

Job 31:19
if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or the needy without garments,

Psalm 41:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.

Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

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