Job’s Eighth Speech, Continued

1 "Why are not times kept by Shaddai, and [why] do not [those who] know him see his days?

References for Job 24:1

      2 They remove border [stones]; they seize flocks, and they pasture [them].

      References for Job 24:2

        • a 24:2 - Or "Some" (NASU, ESV) or "Men" (NIV, NET)
          3 They drive away [the] donkey of orphans; they take [the] widow's ox as a pledge.
          4 They thrust [the] poor off the road; [the] needy of [the] earth hide themselves together.

          References for Job 24:4

            • b 24:4 - Or "altogether"
              5 "Look, [like] wild donkeys in the desert they go out to their labor [as] searchers for the prey; [the] wilderness [is] {their} food for the young.

              References for Job 24:5

                • c 24:5 - That is, the poor
                • d 24:5 - Or "provides"
                • e 24:5 - Hebrew "for their"
                  6 They reap their fodder in the field, and they glean [in the] vineyard of [the] wicked.

                  References for Job 24:6

                    • f 24:6 - Hebrew "his"
                      7 They spend the night naked, {without} clothing, and [they] have no garment in the cold.

                      References for Job 24:7

                        • g 24:7 - Literally "from not"
                          8 They are wet from the rainstorm of the mountains, and they cling to the rock {without} refuge.

                          References for Job 24:8

                            • h 24:8 - Or "from the mountain rainstorm"
                            • i 24:8 - Literally "from not"
                              9 "They snatch [the] orphan from [the] breast, and they take a pledge against [the] needy.

                              References for Job 24:9

                                • j 24:9 - That is, those who oppress the poor
                                • k 24:9 - Or "And they take [the] child of [the] needy as a pledge"
                                  10 They go about naked, without clothing, and hungry, they carry [the] sheaves.

                                  References for Job 24:10

                                    • l 24:10 - That is, the poor
                                    • m 24:10 - Or "and they carry [the] sheaves [though] hungry"
                                      11 Between their terraces they press out oil; they tread [the] presses, but they are thirsty.

                                      References for Job 24:11

                                          12 From [the] city people groan, and [the] throat of [the] wounded cries for help; yet God does not {regard it as unseemly}.

                                          References for Job 24:12

                                            • o 24:12 - Or "soul," or "inner self"
                                            • p 24:12 - Hebrew "and"
                                            • q 24:12 - Literally "he puts offensiveness"
                                              13 "Those are among [the ones] rebelling [against the] light; they do not recognize his ways, and they do not stay in his paths.
                                              14 {At dusk} the murderer rises; he kills [the] needy and [the] poor, and in the night he is like a thief.

                                              References for Job 24:14

                                                • r 24:14 - Literally "At the light"
                                                • s 24:14 - Or "the"
                                                  15 And [the] eye of [the] adulterer waits for dusk, saying, {'No eye will see me,'} and he places a covering [on his] face.

                                                  References for Job 24:15

                                                    • t 24:15 - Literally " 'An eye will not see me'"
                                                      16 He digs through houses in the darkness; by day they shut themselves in-- they do not know [the] light
                                                      17 because morning likewise is to them deep darkness; indeed, they know about [the] terrors of deep darkness.
                                                      18 "He himself [is] swift on [the] water's surface; their portion is cursed in the land. {No one turns toward the path of their vineyards}.

                                                      References for Job 24:18

                                                        • u 24:18 - Emphatic personal pronoun
                                                        • v 24:18 - Literally "He does not turn toward [the] path of [the] vineyard"
                                                          19 Drought and heat snatch away [the] snow waters, [like] Sheol [snatches away] those [who have] sinned.

                                                          References for Job 24:19

                                                            • w 24:19 - Or "they/them"
                                                              20 [The] womb forgets him. [The] maggot feasts on him [until] he is no longer remembered, and wickedness is broken like a tree.

                                                              References for Job 24:20

                                                                  21 [He] feeds on [the] barren, [who] does not have a child, and does no good to [the] widow.
                                                                  22 Yet he carries off [the] tyrants by his strength; [if] he rises up, then he cannot be certain of life.

                                                                  References for Job 24:22

                                                                    • y 24:22 - Hebrew "And"
                                                                    • z 24:22 - The probable antecedent is God
                                                                    • { 24:22 - Hebrew "and"
                                                                    • | 24:22 - The antecedent of the singular here probably changes to the wicked person
                                                                    • } 24:22 - Hebrew "the life"
                                                                      23 He gives security to him, and he is supported, but his eyes [are] upon their ways.

                                                                      References for Job 24:23

                                                                        • ~ 24:23 - The probable antecedent is God
                                                                        •  24:23 - Or "they are"
                                                                        • € 24:23 - Hebrew "and"
                                                                          24 They are exalted a little while, then {they are gone}. And they are brought low; they are cut off like all [others], and like [the] heads of grain they wither away.

                                                                          References for Job 24:24

                                                                            •  24:24 - Literally "and"
                                                                            • ‚ 24:24 - Literally "he is not"
                                                                              25 "And if [it is] not [so], then who can prove me a liar and reduce my word to nothing?"