Job 24:12
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New International Version
The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help. But God charges no one with wrongdoing.

New Living Translation
The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning.

English Standard Version
From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul of the wounded cries for help; yet God charges no one with wrong.

New American Standard Bible
"From the city men groan, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not pay attention to folly.

King James Bible
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From the city, men groan; the mortally wounded cry for help, yet God pays no attention to this crime.

International Standard Version
From the city, dying men groan aloud, and the wounded cries out for help, but God charges no one with wrong.

NET Bible
From the city the dying groan, and the wounded cry out for help, but God charges no one with wrongdoing.

New Heart English Bible
From out of the populous city, men groan. The soul of the wounded cries out, yet God doesn't regard the folly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those dying in the city groan. Wounded people cry for help, but God pays no attention to their prayers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out; Yet God imputeth it not for unseemliness.

New American Standard 1977
“From the city men groan,
            And the souls of the wounded cry out;
            Yet God does not pay attention to folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Men groan from out of the city, and the souls of the dead cry out; yet God did not hinder them.

King James 2000 Bible
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God charges not folly to them.

American King James Version
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God lays not folly to them.

American Standard Version
From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out: Yet God regardeth not the folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Out of the cities they have made men to groan, and the soul of the wounded hath cried out, and God doth not suffer it to pass unrevenged.

Darby Bible Translation
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out; and +God imputeth not the impiety.

English Revised Version
From out of the populous city men groan, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God imputeth it not for folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

World English Bible
From out of the populous city, men groan. The soul of the wounded cries out, yet God doesn't regard the folly.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of enmity men do groan, And the soul of pierced ones doth cry, And God doth not give praise.
Study Bible
Job: Why are the Wicked Unpunished
11"Within the walls they produce oil; They tread wine presses but thirst. 12"From the city men groan, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not pay attention to folly. 13"Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths.…
Cross References
Job 9:23
"If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.

Job 9:24
"The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?

Job 24:11
"Within the walls they produce oil; They tread wine presses but thirst.

Job 24:13
"Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths.

Psalm 109:22
For I am afflicted and needy, And my heart is wounded within me.
Treasury of Scripture

Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God lays not folly to them.

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Exodus 1:13,14 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor…

Exodus 2:23,24 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: …

Exodus 22:27 For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein …

Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under …

Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, said the LORD, that my people is …

wounded

Psalm 69:26 For they persecute him whom you have smitten; and they talk to the …

Psalm 109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

yet God

Psalm 50:21 These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that …

Ecclesiastes 8:11,12 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore …

Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, Wherein have …

Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are …

Romans 2:4,5 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation…

(12) Men groan from out of the city.--Here a survey of the oppressions wrought within the city walls is taken.

Yet God layeth not folly to them.--That is, to those who are the cause of their wrongs, their oppressors.

Verse 12. - Men groan from out of the city. It is not only in the wild tracts bordering on the desert (vers. 5-8), or on the large farms of rich landholders (vers. 9-11), that oppression takes place. Men's groans are heard also "from the city," and in the midst of the city, where murder, robbery, burglary, adultery, and other crimes of the deepest dye abound. Then the soul of the wounded crieth out. In appeals to God for help, or in inarticulate cries, the wounded spirit of the oppressed and injured vents itself. Yet God layeth not folly to them. Yet God seems to take no notice. He gives no sign of disapproval, but allows the oppressors to go on in their foolish courses unchecked. Men groan from out of the city,.... Because of the oppressions and injuries done to them, so that not only the poor in the country that were employed in the fields, and oliveyards, and vineyards, were used exceeding ill; but even in cities, where not only are an abundance of people, and so the outrages committed upon them, which made them groan, were done openly and publicly, with great insolence and impudence, but where also courts of judicature were held, and yet in defiance of law and justice were those evils done, see Ecclesiastes 3:16;

and the soul of the wounded crieth out; that is, the persons wounded with the sword, or any other instrument of vengeance, stabbed as they went along the public streets of the city, where they fell, these cried out vehemently as such persons do; so audacious, as well as barbarous, were these wicked men, that insulted and abused them:

yet God layeth not folly to them; it is for the sake of this observation that the whole above account is given of wicked men, as well as what follows; that though they are guilty of such atrocious crimes, such inhumanity, cruelty, and oppression in town and country, unheard of, unparalleled, iniquities, sins to be punished by a judge, yet are suffered of God to pass with impunity. By "folly" is meant sin, not lesser sins only, little, foolish, trifling things, but greater and grosser ones, such as before expressed; all sin is folly, being the breach of a law which is holy, just, and good, and exposes to its penalty and curse; and against God the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; and as it is harmful and prejudicial, either to the characters, bodies, or estates of men, and especially to their immortal souls; and yet God that charges his angels with folly did not charge these men with it; that is, he seemed, in the outward dealings of his providence towards them, as if he took no notice of their sins, but connived at them, or took no account of them, and did not take any methods in his providence to show their folly, and convince them of it, nor discover it to others, and make them public examples, did not punish them, but let them go on in them without control; and this Job observes, in order to prove his point, that wicked men are not always punished in this life. 12. Men—rather, "mortals" (not the common Hebrew for "men"); so the Masoretic vowel points read as English Version. But the vowel points are modern. The true reading is, "The dying," answering to "the wounded" in the next clause, so Syriac. Not merely in the country (Job 24:11), but also in the city there are oppressed sufferers, who cry for help in vain. "From out of the city"; that is, they long to get forth and be free outside of it (Ex 1:11; 2:23).

wounded—by the oppressor (Eze 30:24).

layeth not folly—takes no account of (by punishing) their sin ("folly" in Scripture; Job 1:22). This is the gist of the whole previous list of sins (Ac 17:30). Umbreit with Syriac reads by changing a vowel point, "Regards not their supplication."24:1-12 Job discourses further about the prosperity of the wicked. That many live at ease who are ungodly and profane, he had showed, ch. xxi. Here he shows that many who live in open defiance of all the laws of justice, succeed in wicked practices; and we do not see them reckoned with in this world. He notices those that do wrong under pretence of law and authority; and robbers, those that do wrong by force. He says, God layeth not folly to them; that is, he does not at once send his judgments, nor make them examples, and so manifest their folly to all the world. But he that gets riches, and not by right, at his end shall be a fool, Jer 17:11.
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