Job chapter 24

English Standard Version

1“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days? 2Some move landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them. 3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. 4They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves. 5Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert the poor go out to their toil, seeking game; the wasteland yields food for their children. 6They gather their fodder in the field, and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man. 7They lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold. 8They are wet with the rain of the mountains and 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 carry the sheaves; 11among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil; they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst. 12From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul of the wounded cries for help; yet God charges no one with wrong. 13“There are those who rebel 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 may kill the poor and needy, and in the night he is like a thief. 15The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye will see me’; and he veils his face. 16In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light. 17For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness. 18“You say, ‘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 Sheol those who have sinned. 20The womb forgets them; the worm finds them sweet; they are no longer remembered, so wickedness is broken like a tree.’ 21“They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow. 22Yet God 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 eyes are upon their ways. 24They are exalted a little while, and then are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like the heads of grain. 25If it is not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?”
New International Version

New American Standard Bible

1'Why are times not stored up by the Almighty, And why do those who know Him not see His days? 2 People remove landmarks; They seize and devour flocks. 3They drive away the donkeys of orphans; They seize the widow’s ox as a pledge. 4They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land have to hide themselves together. 5Behold, like wild donkeys in the wilderness They go out scavenging for food in their activity, As bread for their children in the desert. 6They harvest their feed in the field And glean the vineyard of the wicked. 7They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering against the cold. 8They are wet from the mountain rains, And they hug the rock for lack of a shelter. 9 Others snatch an orphan from the breast, And they seize it as a pledge against the poor. 10 The poor move about naked without clothing, And they carry sheaves, while going hungry. 11Within the walls they produce oil; They tread wine presses but go thirsty. 12From the city people groan, And the souls of the wounded cry for help; Yet God does not pay attention to the offensiveness. 13'Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor stay in its paths. 14The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is like a thief. 15The eye of the adulterer watches for twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’ And he disguises his face. 16In the darkness they dig into houses, They 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 terrors of thick darkness. 18'They are insignificant on the surface of the water; Their plot of land on the earth is cursed. They do not turn toward the vineyards. 19Dryness and heat snatch away the snow waters, As Sheol snatches those who have sinned. 20A mother will forget him; The maggot feeds sweetly until he is no longer remembered. And injustice will be broken like a tree. 21He wrongs the infertile woman, And does no good for the widow. 22But He drags off the mighty by His power; He rises, but no one has assurance of life. 23He provides them with security, and they are supported; And His eyes are on their ways. 24They are exalted a little while, then they are gone; Moreover, they are brought low, and like everything they are gathered up; Like the heads of grain they wither. 25Now if it is not so, who can prove me a liar, And make my speech worthless?'
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