Job 9:24
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New International Version
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

New Living Translation
The whole earth is in the hands of the wicked, and God blinds the eyes of the judges. If he's not the one who does it, who is?

English Standard Version
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges— if it is not he, who then is it?

New American Standard Bible
"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?

King James Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The earth is handed over to the wicked; He blindfolds its judges. If it isn't He, then who is it?

International Standard Version
A land is given into the hands of a wicked person; he covers the faces of its judges. If it is not God, then who is it?"

NET Bible
If a land has been given into the hand of a wicked man, he covers the faces of its judges; if it is not he, then who is it?

New Heart English Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not he, then who is it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The earth is handed over to the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If he isn't the one [doing this], who is?

JPS Tanakh 1917
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces of the judges thereof; If it be not He, who then is it?

New American Standard 1977
“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?

Jubilee Bible 2000
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges; if it is not he who does this then, who is it and where is he?

King James 2000 Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces of its judges; if not he, who then is it?

American King James Version
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

American Standard Version
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces of the judges thereof: If it be not he , who then is it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, he covereth the face of the judges thereof: and if it be not he, who is it then?

Darby Bible Translation
The earth is given over into the hand of the wicked [man]; he covereth the faces of its judges. If not, who then is it?

English Revised Version
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if it be not he, who then is it?

Webster's Bible Translation
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of its judges; if not, where, and who is he?

World English Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not he, then who is it?

Young's Literal Translation
Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who is he?
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
23"If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent. 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? 25"Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.…
Cross References
Job 10:3
'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 12:6
"The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.

Job 12:17
"He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.

Job 16:11
"God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.

Job 19:7
"Behold, I cry, 'Violence!' but I get no answer; I shout for help, but there is no justice.

Job 21:7
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

Job 22:8
"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.

Job 24:12
"From the city men groan, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not pay attention to folly.

Malachi 2:17
You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them," or, "Where is the God of justice?"
Treasury of Scripture

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

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Job 12:6-10 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are …

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power…

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which …

Psalm 73:3-7 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Jeremiah 12:1,2 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the …

Daniel 5:18-21 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, …

Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, …

Habakkuk 1:14-17 And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that …

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2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went …

2 Samuel 19:4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, …

Esther 6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to …

Esther 7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of …

Jeremiah 14:4 Because the ground is beat down, for there was no rain in the earth, …

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Job 24:25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech …

Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, …

Verse 24. - The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. As a further proof of God's indifference to the sufferings of the innocent, Job adduces the fact that, in the high places of the earth, are mostly set wicked persons, who oppress and persecute the righteous. This has probably been true, in the East at any rate, at all times. He covereth the faces of the judges thereof. God covers up the eyes of those who have to judge between the oppressors and the oppressed, so that they pervert judgment, and side with the oppressors. He does this, since he permits it to be done. Corrupt judges are among the perennial curses of the East. If not, where, and who is he? rather, If it be not he who then is it? (see the Revised Version). Job argues that the established condition of things in human society must be ascribed to God, since (at least) he allows it. There is no one else to whom it can be ascribed. The earth is given into the hands of the wicked,.... Either the wicked one, Satan, as Jarchi and Bar Tzemach, who is the god of this world; or some wicked tyrant, as Nimrod, or some other known by Job in his time, to whom he may have respect; or wicked men in general, who for the most part have the greatest share of the earth, and earthly things, and of power, dominion, and authority in it; and this they have of God, the powers that be are ordained by him, and therefore to be obeyed; and what any have of the earth, and the fulness of it, they have it from him, whose it is, and who has a right to dispose of it, and therefore being given by him, they have a proper right unto it; but then it is only the things of this world which are given them; they have their portion here, and that is their all; wherefore, as the giving of these is no proof of a man's goodness, so the taking of them away is no evidence of his wickedness; love or hatred are not to be known by these things; this is Job's scope and drift in this and Job 9:23,

he covereth the face of the judges thereof; not Satan, who blinds the minds of such, that they should not understand justice, and do it, as the above Jewish writers interpret it; nor the wicked man that is possessed of riches and wealth, power and authority, who by his substance bribes the judges, and blinds their eyes, or by his power and authority awes them, keeps them from executing true judgment, or discourages persons fit for such an office, and will not advance them, but lets them lie in, and covers them with, obscurity; or such who are honest and faithful, and are not to be bribed and browbeaten, these he either removes from their post, and covers their faces with shame, or takes them away by death, condemns and executes them as malefactors; it being usual in former times, as well as in ours, to cover the faces of such as are executed: but rather this is to be understood of God, who delivers the earth into the hands of the wicked, suffers them to have the rule over it, and permits such things to be done, as already observed; and besides, gives up the judges of the earth to judicial blindness, so that they cannot discern what is right and just, and do it, see Isaiah 29:10,

if not, where and who is he? if it is not so as I say, where is the man, and who is he, that can disprove me, and make me a liar? as Aben Ezra; let him come forth and appear, and confute me, and teach me otherwise if he can; or name the place of his abode, and say who he is; or if God does not do this, give the earth into the hands of wicked men, and cover the faces of the judges of it, and suffer wicked men to prevail, and the causes of good men to be subverted, the one to flourish, and the other to be crushed; who does do it? where is the man that has done or can do it? certain it is, that it is done; and who but that God that superintends all things, sits in the heavens, and does whatsoever he pleases, can do such things as these? or could they be done without his will and permission? by such mediums Job proves his assertion, that God destroys the perfect and the wicked; and therefore, by the face of things in providence, no judgment is to be had of a man's character, good or bad, and then instances in himself in the following verses. 24. Referring to righteous "judges," in antithesis to "the wicked" in the parallel first clause, whereas the wicked oppressor often has the earth given into his hand, the righteous judges are led to execution—culprits had their faces covered preparatory to execution (Es 7:8). Thus the contrast of the wicked and righteous here answers to that in Job 9:23.

if not, where and who?—If God be not the cause of these anomalies, where is the cause to be found, and who is he?9:22-24 Job touches briefly upon the main point now in dispute. His friends maintained that those who are righteous and good, always prosper in this world, and that none but the wicked are in misery and distress: he said, on the contrary, that it is a common thing for the wicked to prosper, and the righteous to be greatly afflicted. Yet there is too much passion in what Job here says, for God doth not afflict willingly. When the spirit is heated with dispute or with discontent, we have need to set a watch before our lips.
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