Job 24:2
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New International Version
There are those who move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.

New Living Translation
Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.

English Standard Version
Some move landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.

New American Standard Bible
"Some remove the landmarks; They seize and devour flocks.

King James Bible
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked displace boundary markers. They steal a flock and provide pasture for it.

International Standard Version
They move boundary stones, steal flocks, and pasture them.

NET Bible
Men move boundary stones; they seize the flock and pasture them.

New Heart English Bible
There are people who remove the landmarks. They violently take away flocks, and feed them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[People] move boundary markers. They steal flocks and tend them as shepherds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them.

New American Standard 1977
“Some remove the landmarks;
            They seize and devour flocks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks and feed thereof.

King James 2000 Bible
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed on them.

American King James Version
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

American Standard Version
There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Some have removed landmarks, have taken away flocks by force, and fed them.

Darby Bible Translation
They remove the landmarks; they violently take away the flocks and pasture them;

English Revised Version
There are that remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Some remove the landmarks: they violently take away flocks, and their feed.

World English Bible
There are people who remove the landmarks. They violently take away flocks, and feed them.

Young's Literal Translation
The borders they reach, A drove they have taken violently away, Yea, they do evil.
Study Bible
Job: Why are the Wicked Unpunished
1"Why are times not stored up by the Almighty, And why do those who know Him not see His days? 2"Some remove the landmarks; They seize and devour flocks. 3"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 19:14
"You shall not move your neighbor's boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess.

Deuteronomy 27:17
'Cursed is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

Job 20:19
"For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has seized a house which he has not built.

Job 31:38
"If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

Proverbs 22:28
Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.

Proverbs 23:10
Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
Treasury of Scripture

Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

landmarks

Deuteronomy 19:14 You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which they of old …

Deuteronomy 27:17 Cursed be he that removes his neighbor's landmark. And all the people …

Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore …

violently

Job 1:15,17 And the Sabeans fell on them, and took them away; yes, they have …

Job 5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, …

feed thereof. or, feed them

(2) Some remove the landmarks.--Now follows a description of the wrong-doings of various classes of men. The removal of landmarks was expressly provided against by the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 19:14; Deuteronomy 27:17).

And feed thereof.--Rather, probably, feed them: i.e., pasture them, the more easy to do when the landmarks are so removed.

Verse 2. - Some remove the landmarks. (On this form of wickedness, see Deuteronomy 19:14; Deuteronomy 27:17; Proverbs 22:28; Proverbs 23:10; Hosea 5:10.) Where neighbouring properties are not divided by fences of any kind, as in the East generally, the only way of distinguishing between one man's land and another's is by termini, or "landmarks," which are generally low stone metes or bourns, placed at intervals on the boundary-line. An easy form of robbery was to displace these bourns, putting them further back on one's neighbour's land. They violently take away flocks. Others openly drive off their neighbours' flocks from their pastures, mix them with their own flocks, and say that they are theirs (comp. Job 1:15-17). And feed thereof; rather, and feed them (as in the margin); i.e. pasture them. Some remove the landmarks,.... Anciently set to distinguish one man's land from another, to secure property, and preserve from encroachments; but some were so wicked as either secretly in the night to remove them, or openly to do it, having power on their side, pretending they were wrongly located; this was not only prohibited by the law of God, and pronounced an accursed thing, Deuteronomy 19:14; but was reckoned so before the law was given, being known to be such by the light of nature, as what was now, and here condemned, was before that law was in being; and so we find that this was accounted an execrable thing among the Heathens, who had a deity they called Jupiter Terminalis, who was appointed over bounds and landmarks; so Numa Pompilius appointed stones to be set as bounds to everyone's lands, and dedicated them to Jupiter Terminalis, and ordered that those that removed them should be slain as sacrilegious persons, and they and their oxen devoted to destruction (f): some render it, "they touch the landmarks" (g), as if to touch them was unlawful, and therefore much more to remove them:

they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof; not content with a sheep or a lamb, they took away whole flocks, and that by force and violence, openly and publicly, and slew them, and fed on them; or else took them and put them into their own grounds, or such as they had got by encroachments from others, where they fed them without any fear of men; which shows the effrontery and impudence of them.

(f) Dion. Halicarnass. & Festus apud Sanctium in loc. Vid. Rycquium de Capitol. Roman. c. 14. Ovid. Fasti, l. 2.((g) "attigerunt", Pagninus, Bolducius; "attingunt", Vatablus. 2-24. Instances of the wicked doing the worst deeds with seeming impunity (Job 24:2-24).

Some—the wicked.

landmarks—boundaries between different pastures (De 19:14; Pr 22:28).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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