Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs1 a “Why are ▼
▼ I.e. times of judgmenttimes not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see c His days?
2 ▼“Some e remove the landmarks;
They seize and ▼
▼ Or pasturedevour flocks.
3“They drive away the donkeys of the g orphans;
They take the h widow’s ox for a pledge.
4“They push i the needy aside from the road;
The j poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
5“Behold, as k wild donkeys in the wilderness
They l go forth seeking food in their activity,
▼ Lit his breadbread for their children in the desert.
6“They harvest their fodder in the field
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
7 n “They spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
8“They are wet with the mountain rains
And hug the rock for want of a shelter.
9 ▼“Others snatch the p orphan from the breast,
And against the poor they take a pledge.
10“They cause the poor to go about naked without clothing,
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
11“Within the walls they produce oil;
They tread wine presses but thirst.
12“From the city men groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God q does not pay attention to folly.
13 ▼“Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
14“The murderer s arises at dawn;
He t kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he is as a thief.
15“The eye of the u adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
And he ▼
▼ Or puts a covering on his facedisguises his face.
16“In the dark they w dig into houses,
They x shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light.
17“For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness,
For he is familiar with the y terrors of thick darkness.
18“They are ▼
▼ Or light or swift, aa insignificant on the surface of the water;
Their portion is ab cursed on the earth.
They do not turn ▼
▼ Lit to the path oftoward the ad vineyards.
19“Drought and heat ▼
▼ Lit seize, af consume the snow waters,
So does ▼
▼ I.e. nether world, ah Sheol those who have sinned.
▼ Lit womb, aj mother will forget him;
The ak worm feeds sweetly till he is al no longer remembered.
And wickedness will be broken am like a tree.
21“He wrongs the ▼
▼ Lit barren who does not bearbarren woman
And does no good for ao the widow.
22“But He drags off the valiant by ap His power;
He rises, but aq no one has assurance of life.
23“He provides them ar with security, and they are supported;
And His as eyes are on their ways.
24“They are exalted a at little while, then they are gone;
Moreover, they are au brought low and like everything gathered up;
Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.
25“Now if it is not so av who can prove me a liar,
And make my speech worthless?”
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