Job 24
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1Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, Why do those who know Him see not His days?1"Why are times not appointed by the Almighty? Why do those who know him not see his days?
2Some remove landmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them;2Men move boundary stones; they seize the flock and pasture them.
3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They take the widow’s ox as a pledge.3They drive away the orphan's donkey; they take the widow's ox as a pledge.
4They push the needy off the road; All the poor of the land are forced to hide.4They turn the needy from the pathway, and the poor of the land 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.5Like wild donkeys in the desert they go out to their labor, seeking diligently for food; the wasteland provides food for them and for their children.
6They gather their fodder in the field And glean in the vineyard of the wicked.6They reap fodder in the field, and glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.7They spend the night naked because they lack clothing; they have no covering against the cold.
8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.8They are soaked by mountain rains and huddle in the rocks because they lack shelter.
9Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.9The fatherless child is snatched from the breast, the infant of the poor is taken as a pledge.
10They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.10They go about naked, without clothing, and go hungry while they carry the sheaves.
11They press out oil within their walls, And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.11They press out the olive oil between the rows of olive trees; they tread the winepresses while they are thirsty.
12The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge them with wrong.12From the city the dying groan, and the wounded cry out for help, but God charges no one with wrongdoing.
13“There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths.13There are those who rebel against the light; they do not know its ways and they do not stay on its paths.
14The murderer rises with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is like a thief.14Before daybreak the murderer rises up; he kills the poor and the needy; in the night he is like a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face.15And the eye of the adulterer watches for the twilight, thinking, 'No eye can see me,' and covers his face with a mask.
16In the dark they break into houses Which they marked for themselves in the daytime; They do not know the light.16In the dark the robber breaks into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they do not know 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 all of them, the morning is to them like deep darkness; they are friends with the terrors of darkness.
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.18"You say, 'He is foam on the face of the waters; their portion of the land is cursed so that no one goes to their vineyard.
19As drought and heat consume the snow waters, So the grave consumes those who have sinned.19The drought as well as the heat carry away the melted snow; so the grave takes away those who 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 forgets him, the worm feasts on him, no longer will he be remembered. Like a tree, wickedness will be broken down.
21For he preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.21He preys on the barren and childless woman, and does not treat the widow well.
22“But God draws the mighty away with His power; He rises up, but no man is sure of life.22But God drags off the mighty by his power; when God rises up against him, he has no faith in his life.
23He gives them security, and they rely on it; Yet His eyes are on their ways.23God may let them rest in a feeling of security, but he is constantly watching all 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, and then they are gone, they are brought low like all others, and gathered in, and like a head of grain they are cut off.'
25“Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?”25"If this is not so, who can prove me a liar and reduce my words to nothing?"
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Job 23
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