"Why are times not kept by the Almighty, a and why do those who know him never see his days?
The wicked b remove landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.
They drive away the donkey of the orphan; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
They thrust the needy off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
Like wild asses in the desert they go out to their toil, scavenging in the wasteland food for their young.
They reap in a field not their own and they glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
They lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.
They are wet with the rain of the mountains, and cling to the rock for want of shelter.
"There are those who snatch the orphan child from the breast, and take as a pledge the infant of the poor.
They go about naked, without clothing; though hungry, they carry the sheaves;
between their terraces c they press out oil; they tread the wine presses, but suffer thirst.
From the city the dying groan, and the throat of the wounded cries for help; yet God pays no attention to their prayer.
"There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths.
The murderer rises at dusk to kill the poor and needy, and in the night is like a thief.
The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, "No eye will see me'; and he disguises his face.
In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light.
For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
"Swift are they on the face of the waters; their portion in the land is cursed; no treader turns toward their vineyards.
Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does Sheol those who have sinned.
The womb forgets them; the worm finds them sweet; they are no longer remembered; so wickedness is broken like a tree.
"They harm d the childless woman, and do no good to the widow.
Yet God e prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life.
He gives them security, and they are supported; his eyes are upon their ways.
They are exalted a little while, and then are gone; they wither and fade like the mallow; f they are cut off like the heads of grain.
If it is not so, who will prove me a liar, and show that there is nothing in what I say?"
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