Job 24

1Why are anot times of judgment bkept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his cdays?
2Some move dlandmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they etake the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They fthrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth gall hide themselves.
5Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the poor
Hebrew they
igo out to their toil, jseeking game;
the wasteland yields food for their children.
6They gather their
Hebrew his
fodder in the field,
and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
7They llie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and mcling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they ncarry the sheaves;
11among the olive rows of the wicked
Hebrew their olive rows
they make oil;
they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12From out of the city the dying groan,
and the soul of pthe wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with qwrong.
13“There are those who rebel ragainst the light,
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
14The murderer rises before it is light,
that he smay kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer also waits for tthe twilight,
saying, ‘No ueye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
16In the dark they vdig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
17For wdeep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
18“You say, xSwift are they on the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
so does ySheol those who have sinned.
20The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are zno longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like aaa tree.’
21“They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
22Yet God
Hebrew he
prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
23He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his aceyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted ada little while, and then aeare gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are afcut off like the heads of grain.
25If it is agnot so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?”
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