||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 24 [Commentary] |
|| "Why are times not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see His days?
||"Some remove the landmarks;
They seize and devour flocks.
||"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans;
They take the widow's ox for a pledge.
||"They push the needy aside from the road;
The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
||"Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness
They go forth seeking food in their activity,
As bread for their children in the desert.
||"They harvest their fodder in the field
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
||"They spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
||"They are wet with the mountain rains
And hug the rock for want of a shelter.
||"Others snatch the orphan from the breast,
And against the poor they take a pledge.
||"They cause the poor to go about naked without clothing,
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
||"Within the walls they produce oil;
They tread wine presses but thirst.
||"From the city men groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not pay attention to folly.
||"Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
||"The murderer arises at dawn;
He kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he is as a thief.
||"The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, `No eye will see me.'
And he disguises his face.
||"In the dark they dig into houses,
They shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light.
||"For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness,
For he is familiar with the terrors of thick darkness.
||"They are insignificant on the surface of the water;
Their portion is cursed on the earth.
They do not turn toward the vineyards.
||"Drought and heat consume the snow waters,
So does Sheol those who have sinned.
||"A mother will forget him;
The worm feeds sweetly till he is no longer remembered.
And wickedness will be broken like a tree.
||"He wrongs the barren woman
And does no good for the widow.
||"But He drags off the valiant by His power;
He rises, but no one has assurance of life.
||"He provides them with security, and they are supported;
And His eyes are on their ways.
||"They are exalted a little while, then they are gone;
Moreover, they are brought low and like everything gathered up;
Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.
||"Now if it is not so, who can prove me a liar,
And make my speech worthless?"
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