1 "Why are 1not times of judgment 2kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his 3days?

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2 Some move 4landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.

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3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they 5take the widow's ox for a pledge.

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4 They 6thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth 7all hide themselves.

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5 Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert the poora8go out to their toil, 9seeking game; the wasteland yields food for their children.

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6 They gather theirb fodder in the field, and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.

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    • • 24:6 - Hebrew his
      7 They 10lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.

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      8 They are wet with the rain of the mountains and 11cling to the rock for lack of shelter.

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      9 (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)
      10 They go about naked, without clothing; hungry, they 12carry the sheaves;

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      11 among the olive rows of the wickedc they make oil; they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.

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        • – 24:11 - Hebrew their olive rows
          12 From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul of 13the wounded cries for help; yet God charges no one with 14wrong.

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          13 "There are those who rebel 15against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths.

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          14 The murderer rises before it is light, that he 16may kill the poor and needy, and in the night he is like a thief.

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          15 The eye of the adulterer also waits for 17the twilight, saying, 'No 18eye will see me'; and he veils his face.

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          16 In the dark they 19dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light.

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          17 For 20deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.

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          18 "You say, 21'Swift are they on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the land; no treader turns toward their vineyards.

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          19 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does 22Sheol those who have sinned.

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          20 The womb forgets them; the worm finds them sweet; they are 23no longer remembered, so wickedness is broken like 24a tree.'

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          21 "They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow.
          22 Yet Godd prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life.

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              23 He gives them security, and they are supported, and his 25eyes are upon their ways.

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              24 They are exalted 26a little while, and then 27are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are 28cut off like the heads of grain.

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              25 If it is 29not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?"

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