Job 24
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1Why does the Almighty not reserve times for judgment? Why do those who know Him never see His days? 1“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days?
2The wicked displace boundary markers. They steal a flock and provide pasture for it. 2Some move landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.
3They drive away the donkeys owned by the fatherless and take the widow's ox as collateral. 3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They push the needy off the road; the poor of the land are forced into hiding. 4They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
5Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go out to their task of foraging for food; the wilderness provides nourishment for their children. 5Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert the poor go out to their toil, seeking game; the wasteland yields food for their children.
6They gather their fodder in the field and glean the vineyards of the wicked. 6They gather their fodder in the field, and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
7Without clothing, they spend the night naked, having no covering against the cold. 7They lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.
8Drenched by mountain rains, they huddle against the rocks, shelterless. 8They are wet with the rain of the mountains and cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast; the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral. 9(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry sheaves but go hungry. 10They go about naked, without clothing; hungry, they carry the sheaves;
11They crush olives in their presses; they tread the winepresses, but go thirsty. 11among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil; they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12From the city, men groan; the mortally wounded cry for help, yet God pays no attention to this crime. 12From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul of the wounded cries for help; yet God charges no one with wrong.
13The wicked are those who rebel against the light. They do not recognize its ways or stay on its paths. 13“There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths.
14The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy, and by night he becomes a thief. 14The murderer rises before it is light, that he may kill the poor and needy, and in the night he is like a thief.
15The adulterer's eye watches for twilight, thinking: No eye will see me; he covers his face. 15The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye will see me’; and he veils his face.
16In the dark they break into houses; by day they lock themselves in, never experiencing the light. 16In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light.
17For the morning is like darkness to them. Surely they are familiar with the terrors of darkness! 17For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
18They float on the surface of the water. Their section of the land is cursed, so that they never go to their vineyards. 18“You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the land; no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19As dry ground and heat snatch away the melted snow, so Sheol steals those who have sinned. 19Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does Sheol those who have sinned.
20The womb forgets them; worms feed on them; they are remembered no more. So injustice is broken like a tree. 20The womb forgets them; the worm finds them sweet; they are no longer remembered, so wickedness is broken like a tree.’
21They prey on the childless woman who is unable to conceive, and do not deal kindly with the widow. 21“They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow.
22Yet God drags away the mighty by His power; when He rises up, they have no assurance of life. 22Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life.
23He gives them a sense of security, so they can rely on it, but His eyes watch over their ways. 23He gives them security, and they are supported, and his eyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and shrivel up like everything else. They wither like heads of grain. 24They are exalted a little while, and then are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like the heads of grain.
25If this is not true, then who can prove me a liar and show that my speech is worthless? 25If it is not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?”
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