Job 24

Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs

1 a  Why are
I.e. times of judgment
times not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see c  His days?
Lit They
“Some e  remove the landmarks;
They seize and
Or pasture
devour flocks.
3They drive away the donkeys of the g  orphans;
They take the h  widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They push i  the needy aside from the road;
The j  poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
5Behold, as k  wild donkeys in the wilderness
They l  go forth seeking food in their activity,
Lit his bread
bread for their children in the desert.
6They 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.
8They are wet with the mountain rains
And hug the rock for want of a shelter.
Lit They
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.
11Within the walls they produce oil;
They tread wine presses but thirst.
12From the city men groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God q  does not pay attention to folly.

Lit They
Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
14The murderer s  arises at dawn;
He t  kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he is as a thief.
15The eye of the u  adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
And he
Or puts a covering on his face
disguises his face.
16In the dark they w  dig into houses,
They x  shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light.
17For 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 of
toward the ad  vineyards.
19Drought 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.
21He wrongs the
Lit barren who does not bear
barren woman
And does no good for ao  the widow.
22But He drags off the valiant by ap  His power;
He rises, but aq  no one has assurance of life.
23He provides them ar  with security, and they are supported;
And His as  eyes are on their ways.
24They 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.
25Now if it is not so av  who can prove me a liar,
And make my speech worthless?”

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