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 They 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.
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.
6 They reap their fodder in the field, and they glean [in the] vineyard of [the] wicked.
7 They spend the night naked, {without} clothing, and [they] have no garment in the cold.
8 They are wet from the rainstorm of the mountains, and they cling to the rock {without} refuge.
9 "They snatch [the] orphan from [the] breast, and they take a pledge against [the] needy.
10 They go about naked, without clothing, and hungry, they carry [the] sheaves.
11 Between their terraces they press out oil; they tread [the] presses, but they are thirsty.
12 From [the] city people groan, and [the] throat of [the] wounded cries for help; yet God does not {regard it as unseemly}.
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.
15 And [the] eye of [the] adulterer waits for dusk, saying, {'No eye will see me,'} 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 himself [is] swift on [the] water's surface; their portion is cursed in the land. {No one turns toward the path of their vineyards}.
19 Drought and heat snatch away [the] snow waters, [like] Sheol [snatches away] those [who have] sinned.
20 [The] womb forgets him. [The] maggot feasts on him [until] he is no longer remembered, and wickedness is broken like a tree.
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.
23 He gives security to him, and he is supported, but his eyes [are] upon their ways.
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.
25 "And if [it is] not [so], then who can prove me a liar and reduce my word to nothing?"