Job 24:4
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New International Version
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

New Living Translation
The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety.

English Standard Version
They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.

New American Standard Bible
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.

King James Bible
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They push the needy off the road; the poor of the land are forced into hiding.

International Standard Version
They push the needy off the road, and force the poor of the land into hiding.

NET Bible
They turn the needy from the pathway, and the poor of the land hide themselves together.

New Heart English Bible
They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They force needy people off the road. All the poor people of the country go into hiding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They turn the needy out of the way; The poor of the earth hide themselves together.

New American Standard 1977
“They push the needy aside from the road;
            The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They turn the needy out of the way; and all the poor of the earth hide themselves from them.

King James 2000 Bible
They drive the needy off the road: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

American King James Version
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

American Standard Version
They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide themselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have overturned the way of the poor, and have oppressed together the meek of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
They turn the needy out of the way: the afflicted of the land all hide themselves.

English Revised Version
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

Webster's Bible Translation
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

World English Bible
They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves.

Young's Literal Translation
They turn aside the needy from the way, Together have hid the poor of the earth.
Study Bible
Job: Why are the Wicked Unpunished
3"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge. 4"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether. 5"Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness They go forth seeking food in their activity, As bread for their children in the desert.…
Cross References
Job 24:14
"The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is as a thief.

Job 29:12
Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.

Job 29:16
"I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know.

Job 30:25
"Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

Job 31:19
If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering,

Psalm 41:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.

Proverbs 14:31
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

Proverbs 28:28
When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.

Amos 8:4
Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,
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They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

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Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth …

Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right …

Ezekiel 18:12,18 Has oppressed the poor and needy, has spoiled by violence, has not …

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, …

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and …

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

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

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Proverbs 28:12,28 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the …

James 5:4-6 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

Verse 4. - They turn the needy out of the way. Either "they force poor men to turn out of the road when they are using it, and wait till they have passed" (compare the recent practice of the Japanese daimios), or "they make the highways so dangerous with their violence that they compel the poor and needy to seek byways for safety" (Judges 5:6). The second hemistich favours the latter interpretation. The poor of the earth (or, the meek of the earth) hide themselves together. In the East there have always been superior and subject races, as well as proud nobles and down-trodden men of the same race. It is not clear of which of these two Job speaks. The former were often hunted out of all the desirable lands, and forced to fly to rooks and caves and holes in the ground, whence they were known as "Troglodytes." The latter, less frequently, handed together, and withdrew to remote and sequestered spots, where they might hope to live unmolested by their oppressors (Hebrews 11:38). They turn the needy out of the way,.... Either, in a moral sense, out of the right way, the way of righteousness and truth, by their bad examples, or by their threatenings or flatteries; or, in a civil sense, out of the way of their livelihood, by taking that from them by which they got it; or, in a literal sense, obliging them to turn out of the way from them, in a supercilious and haughty manner, or causing them, through fear of them, to get out of the way, that they might not meet them, lest they should insult them, beat and abuse them, or take that little from them they had, as follows:

the poor of the earth hide themselves together; who are not only poor in purse, but poor in spirit, meek, humble, and lowly, and have not spirit and courage to stand against such oppressors, but are easily crushed by them; these through fear of them hide themselves in holes and corners in a body, in a large company together, lest they should fall into their cruel hands, and be used by them in a barbarous manner, see Proverbs 28:28. 4. Literally, they push the poor out of their road in meeting them. Figuratively, they take advantage of them by force and injustice (alluding to the charge of Eliphaz, Job 22:8; 1Sa 8:3).

poor—in spirit and in circumstances (Mt 5:3).

hide—from the injustice of their oppressors, who have robbed them of their all and driven them into unfrequented places (Job 20:19; 30:3-6; Pr 28:28).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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