Job 24
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1Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, Why do those who know Him see not His days?1“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days?
2Some remove landmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them;2Some move landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.
3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They take the widow’s ox as a pledge.3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They push the needy off the road; All the poor of the land are forced to hide.4They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
5Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and 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 in the vineyard of the wicked.6They gather their fodder in the field, and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
7They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.7They lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.8They are wet with the rain of the mountains and cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.9(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.10They go about naked, without clothing; hungry, they carry the sheaves;
11They press out oil within their walls, And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.11among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil; they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge them with wrong.12From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul of the wounded cries for help; yet God charges no one with wrong.
13“There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in 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 with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is like 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 eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises 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 Which they marked for themselves in the daytime; They do not know 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 the same to them as the shadow of death; If someone recognizes them, They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.17For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
18“They should be swift on the face of the waters, Their portion should be cursed in the earth, So that no one would turn into the way of 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 drought and heat consume the snow waters, So the grave consumes those who have sinned.19Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does Sheol those who have sinned.
20The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; He should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be 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.’
21For he preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.21“They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow.
22“But God draws the mighty away with His power; He rises up, but no man is sure of life.22Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life.
23He gives them security, and they rely on it; Yet His eyes are on their ways.23He gives them security, and they are supported, and his eyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted for a little while, Then they are gone. They are brought low; They are taken out of the way like all others; They dry out like the 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.
25“Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?”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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Job 23
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