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.
Darby Bible Translation
The murderer riseth with the light, killeth the afflicted 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The murderer - One of the instances, referred to in the previous verse, of those who perform their deeds in darkness.
Rising with the light - Hebrew לאור lā'ôr. Vulgate "Mane primo - in the earliest twilight." The meaning is, that he does it very early; by daybreak. It is not in open day, but at the earliest dawn.
Killeth the poor and needy - Those who are so poor and needy that they are obliged to rise early and go forth to their toil. There is a double aggravation - the crime of murder itself, and the fact that it is committed on those who are under a necessity of going forth at that early hour to their labor.
And in the night is as a thief - The same man. Theft is usually committed under cover of the night. The idea of Job is, that though these crimes cannot escape the notice of God, yet that he does not interpose to punish those who committed them. A striking incidental illustration of the fact stated here, occurred in the journey of Messrs. Robinson and Smith, on their way from Akabah to Jerusalem. After retiring to rest one night, they were aroused by a sudden noise; and they apprehended attack by robbers. "Our Arabs," says Dr. R. "were evidently alarmed. They said, if thieves, "they would steal upon us at midnight; if robbers they would come down upon towards morning." Bibl. Research. i. 270. It would seem, therefore, that there was some settled time or order in which they are accustomed to commit their various depredations.
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Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The Desire of the Righteous Granted;
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
"Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
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.
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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