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Job 24 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job’s Eighth Speech, Continued

1 "Why are not times kept by Shaddai, and [why] do not [those who] know him see his days? 2 Theya remove border [stones]; they seize flocks, and they pasture [them]. 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.b 5 "Look, [like] wild donkeys in the desert theyc go out to their labor [as] searchers for the prey; [the] wilderness [is]d {their}e food for the young. 6 They reap theirf fodder in the field, and they glean [in the] vineyard of [the] wicked. 7 They spend the night naked, {without}g clothing, and [they] have no garment in the cold. 8 They are wet from the rainstorm of the mountains,h and they cling to the rock {without}i refuge. 9 "Theyj snatch [the] orphan from [the] breast, and they take a pledge against [the] needy.k 10 Theyl go about naked, without clothing, and hungry, they carry [the] sheaves.m 11 Between their terraces they press out oil; they tread [the] presses, butn they are thirsty. 12 From [the] city people groan, and [the] throato of [the] wounded cries for help; yetp God does not {regard it as unseemly}.q 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}r the murderer rises; he kills [the] needy and [the] poor, and in the night he is like as thief. 15 And [the] eye of [the] adulterer waits for dusk, saying, {'No eye will see me,'}t and he places a covering [on his] face. 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 himselfu [is] swift on [the] water's surface; their portion is cursed in the land. {No one turns toward the path of their vineyards}.v 19 Drought and heat snatch away [the] snow waters, [like] Sheol [snatches away] thosew [who have] sinned. 20 [The] womb forgets him. [The] maggot feasts on him [until] he is no longer remembered, and wickedness is broken like ax tree. 21 [He] feeds on [the] barren, [who] does not have a child, and does no good to [the] widow. 22 Yety hez carries off [the] tyrants by his strength; [if] he rises up, thenaa hebb cannot be certain of 23 Hedd gives security to him, and he isee supported, butff his eyes [are] upon their ways. 24 They are exalted a little while, thengg {they are gone}.hh And they are brought low; they are cut off like all [others], and like [the] heads of grain they wither away. 25 "And if [it is] not [so], then who can prove me a liar and reduce my word to nothing?"
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