Job 24
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1Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, Why do those who know Him see not His days?1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
2Some remove landmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them;2Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They take the widow’s ox as a pledge.3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
4They push the needy off the road; All the poor of the land are forced to hide.4They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
5Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.5Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
6They gather their fodder in the field And glean in the vineyard of the wicked.6They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
7They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.7They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
9Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.9They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
10They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.10They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
11They press out oil within their walls, And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.11Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
12The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge them with wrong.12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
13“There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths.13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
14The murderer rises with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is like a thief.14The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face.15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16In the dark they break into houses Which they marked for themselves in the daytime; They do not know the light.16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
17For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death; If someone recognizes them, They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18“They should be swift on the face of the waters, Their portion should be cursed in the earth, So that no one would turn into the way of their vineyards.18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
19As drought and heat consume the snow waters, So the grave consumes those who have sinned.19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
20The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; He should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be broken like a tree.20The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
21For he preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.21He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
22“But God draws the mighty away with His power; He rises up, but no man is sure of life.22He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
23He gives them security, and they rely on it; Yet His eyes are on their ways.23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted for a little while, Then they are gone. They are brought low; They are taken out of the way like all others; They dry out like the heads of grain.24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
25“Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?”25And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
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