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Job: Chapter 24

Wickedness often goes unpunished, 1-16. There is a secret judgment for the wicked, 17-25.

1 "Why, seeing times are not hid from the Almighty, do those who know him not see his days?

2 Some remove the landmarks. They violently take away flocks and their feed.

3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

4 They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth hide themselves together.

5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking for a prey. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.

6 They each reap his corn in the field, and they gather the vintage of the wicked.

7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing and they have no covering in the cold.

8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter.

9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast and take a pledge of the poor.

10 They cause him to go naked without clothing and they take away the sheaf from the hungry,

11 Who make oil within their walls, tread their wine-presses, and suffer thirst.

12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out. Yet God does not lay folly to them.

13 They are of those who rebel against the light. They do not know its ways, nor abide in its paths.

14 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

15 Also the eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, 'No eye shall see me,' and disguises his face.

16 In the dark they dig through houses which they had marked for themselves in the day-time. They do not know the light.

17 For the morning is to them even as the shades of death. If one knows them, they are in the terrors of the shades of death.

18 He is swift as the waters. Their portion is cursed in the earth. He does not behold the way of the vineyards.

19 As drought and heat consume the snow-waters, so does the grave to those who have sinned.

20 The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall no longer be remembered. And wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

21 He oppresses the barren who does not bear and does not do good to the widow.

22 He also draws the mighty with his power. He rises up, and no man is sure of life.

23 Though it is given him to be in safety, on which he rests, yet his eyes are upon their ways.

24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low. They are taken out of the way as all others, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

25 And if it is not so now, who will make me a liar and make my speech of no worth?"