24:1 Why, seeing times a are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his b days?
(a) Thus Job speaks in his passions, and after the judgment of the flesh: that is, that he does not see the things that are done at times, nor yet has a peculiar care over all, because he does not punish the wicked or avenge the godly. 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves c together.
(b) When he punishes the wicked and rewards the good.
(c) And for cruelty and oppression dare not show their faces. 24:5 Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; d rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness e [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.
(d) That is, spares diligence. 24:6 They reap [every one] f his corn in the field: and they gather the g vintage of the wicked.
(e) He and his live by robbing and murdering.
(f) Meaning the poor mans. 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, h and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
(g) Signifying that one wicked man will not spoil another, but for necessity.
(h) The poor are driven by the wicked into the rock and holes where they cannot lie dry for the rain. 24:9 They pluck the fatherless i from the breast, and take a pledge of k the poor.
(i) That is, they so pillage and plunder the poor widow that she cannot sustain herself that she may be able to nurse her baby. 24:11 [Which] make oil l within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.
(l) In such places which are appointed for that purpose; meaning, that those who labour for the wicked, are pined for hunger. 24:12 Men m groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God n layeth not folly [to them].
(m) For the great oppression and extortion. 24:13 They are of those that rebel against the p light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
(n) Cry out and call for vengeance.
(p) That is, Gods word, because they are reproved by it. 24:15 The eye also of the q adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face.
(q) By these particular vices and the licence of it, he would prove that God did not punish the wicked and reward the just. 24:18 He [is] swift as the r waters; their s portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
(r) He flees to the waters for his succour. 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [so doth] the grave [those which] t have sinned.
(s) They think that all the world is bent against them and dare not go by the highway.
(t) As the dry ground is never full with waters, so will they never cease sinning till they come to the grave. 24:20 u The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
(u) Though God tolerates the wicked for a time, yet their end will be vile destruction, and in this point Job commits to himself and shows his confidence. 24:21 He x evil entreateth the barren [that] beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
(x) He shows why the wicked will not be lamented, because he did not pity others. 24:22 He draweth also the y mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no [man] is sure of life.
(y) He declares that after the wicked have destroyed the weakest, they will do the same to the stranger, and therefore are justly punished by Gods judgments. 24:25 And if [it be] not z [so] now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
(z) That is, contrary to your reasoning no man can give perfect reasons for Gods judgments, let me be reproved.