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.
Darby Bible Translation
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out; and +God imputeth not the impiety.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Men groan from out of the city - The evident meaning of this is, that the sorrows caused by oppression were not confined to the deserts and to solitary places; were not seen only where the wandering freebooter seized upon the traveler, or in the comparatively unfrequented places in the country where the poor were compelled to labor in the wine presses and the olive presses of others, but that they extended to cities also. In what way this oppression in cities was practiced, Job does not specify. It might be by the sudden descent upon an unsuspecting city, of hordes of freebooters, who robbed and murdered the inhabitants, and then fled, or it might be by internal oppression, as of the rich ever the poor, or of masters over their slaves. The idea which Job seems to wish to convey is, that oppression abounded. The earth was full of violence. It was in every place, in the city and the country, and yet God did not in fact come forth to meet and punish the oppressor as he deserved. There would be instances of oppression and cruelty enough occurring in all cities to justify all that Job here says, especially in ancient times, when cities were under the control of tyrants. The word which is translated "men" here is מתים mathı̂ym, which is not the usual term to denote men. This word is derived from מוּת mûth, "to die"; and hence, there may be here the notion of "mortals," or of the "dying," who utter these groans.
And the soul of the wounded crieth out - This expression appears as if Job referred to some acts of violence done by robbers, and perhaps the whole description is intended to apply to the sufferings caused by the sudden descent of a band of marauders upon the unsuspection and slumbering inhabitants of a city.
Yet God layeth not folly to them - The word rendered "folly" תפלה tı̂phlâh means "folly"; and thence also wickedness. If this reading is to be retained, the passage means that God does not lay to heart, that is, does not regard their folly or wickedness. He suffers it to pass without punishing it; compare Acts 17:30. But the same word, by a change of the points, תפלה tephı̂llâh, means "prayer;" and many have supposed that it means, that God does not regard the prayer or cry of those who are thus oppressed. This, in itself, would make good sense, but the former rendering agrees better with the connection. The object of Job is not to show that God does not regard the cry of the afflicted, but that he does not interpose to punish those who are tyrants and oppressors.
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Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The Desire of the Righteous Granted;
"If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.
"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?
"Within the walls they produce oil; They tread wine presses but thirst.
"Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths.
For I am afflicted and needy, And my heart is wounded within me.
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