Job 24

1Why are a  not times of judgment b  kept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his c  days?
2Some move d  landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they e  take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They f  thrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth g  all hide themselves.
5Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the poor
Hebrew they
i  go out to their toil j  seeking 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 l  lie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and m  cling 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 n  carry 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 p  the wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with q  wrong.
13 “There are those who rebel r  against 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 s  may kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer also waits for t  the twilight,
saying, ‘No u  eye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
16In the dark they v  dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
17For w  deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
18 “You say, x  Swift 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 y  Sheol those who have sinned.
20The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are z  no longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like aa  a 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 ac  eyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted ad  a little while, and then ae  are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are af  cut off like the heads of grain.
25If it is ag  not so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?”
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