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

New Living Translation
The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief.

English Standard Version
The murderer rises before it is light, that he may kill the poor and needy, and in the night he is like a thief.

New American Standard Bible
"The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is as a thief.

King James Bible
The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy, and by night he becomes a thief.

International Standard Version
The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night, he is like a thief.

NET Bible
Before daybreak the murderer rises up; he kills the poor and the needy; in the night he is like a thief.

New Heart English Bible
The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. In the night he is like a thief.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At dawn murderers rise; they kill the poor and needy. At night they become thieves.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The murderer riseth with the light, to kill the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief.

New American Standard 1977
“The murderer arises at dawn;
            He kills the poor and the needy,
            And at night he is as a thief.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The murderer rises with the light, kills the poor and the needy, and in the night is as a thief.

King James 2000 Bible
The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

American King James Version
The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

American Standard Version
The murderer riseth with the light; He killeth the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The murderer riseth at the very break of day, he killeth the needy, and the poor man: but in the night he will be as a thief.

Darby Bible Translation
The murderer riseth with the light, killeth the afflicted and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

English Revised Version
The murderer riseth with the light, he killeth the poor and needy; and in the night he is as a thief.

Webster's Bible Translation
The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

World English Bible
The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. In the night he is like a thief.

Young's Literal Translation
At the light doth the murderer rise, He doth slay the poor and needy, And in the night he is as a thief.
Study Bible
Job: Why are the Wicked Unpunished
13"Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths. 14"The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is as a thief. 15"The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, 'No eye will see me.' And he disguises his face.…
Cross References
Job 24:4
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.

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 10:8
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands.
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The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

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2 Samuel 11:14-17 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to …

Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Ephesians 5:7-11 Be not you therefore partakers with them…

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Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the manager of the house had known what hour …

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

(14) With the light.--The mention of light as a moral essence suggests its physical analogue, so that by the contrast of the one with the violence done to the other, the moral turpitude of the wrong-doing is heightened. It seems impossible to interpret the light in the former case (Job 24:13) otherwise than morally, and if so, the mention of the "ways thereof" and the "paths thereof" is very remarkable. The order in which these crimes of murder, adultery, and theft are mentioned according, as it does, with that in the Decalogue, is, at all events, suggestive of acquaintance with it.

Verse 14. - The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy. The murderer rises at the first glimpse of dawn - the time when mast men sleep most soundly. He cannot go about his wicked business in complete darkness. He has not the courage to attack the great and powerful, who might be well armed and have retainers to defend them, but enters the houses of a comparatively poor class, in which he is less afraid to risk himself. Here, in the night he is as a thief. He has not come into the house simply for murder. Theft is his main object. He will not take life unless he is resisted or discovered, and so, in a certain sense, driven to it. The murderer rising with the light,.... The light of the morning, before the sun is risen, about the time the early traveller is set out on his journey, and men go to distant markets to buy and sell goods, and the poor labourer goes forth to his work; then is the time for one that is used to commit robbery and murder to rise from his bed, or from his lurking place, in a cave or a thicket, where he has lain all night, in order to meet with the above persons: and so

killeth the poor and needy; takes away from them the little they have, whether money or provisions, and kills them because they have no more, and that they may not be evidence against him; it may be meant of the poor saints and people of God, whom the wicked slay out of hatred to them:

and in the night is as a thief; kills privately, secretly, at an unawares, as the thief does his work; or the "as" here is not a note of similitude or likeness, but of reality and truth; and so Mr. Broughton renders the words, "and in the night he will be as a thief"; in the morning he is a robber on the highway, and a murderer; all the day he is in his lurking place, in some haunt or another, sleeping or carousing; and when the night comes on, then he acts the part of a thief; in the morning he not only robs, but murders, that he may not be detected; at night he only steals, and not kills, because men are asleep, and see him not. 14. with the light—at early dawn, while still dark, when the traveller in the East usually sets out, and the poor laborer to his work; the murderous robber lies in wait then (Ps 10:8).

is as a thief—Thieves in the East steal while men sleep at night; robbers murder at early dawn. The same man who steals at night, when light dawns not only robs, but murders to escape detection.24:13-17 See what care and pains wicked men take to compass their wicked designs; let it shame our negligence and slothfulness in doing good. See what pains those take, who make provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts of it: pains to compass, and then to hide that which will end in death and hell at last. Less pains would mortify and crucify the flesh, and be life and heaven at last. Shame came in with sin, and everlasting shame is at the end of it. See the misery of sinners; they are exposed to continual frights: yet see their folly; they are afraid of coming under the eye of men, but have no dread of God's eye, which is always upon them: they are not afraid of doing things which they are afraid of being known to do.
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