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Job 24 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "But if Judgment Day isn't hidden from the Almighty, why are we kept in the dark? 1 "Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
2 There are people out there getting by with murder - stealing and lying and cheating. 2 Men move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.
3 They rip off the poor and exploit the unfortunate, 3 They drive away the orphan's donkey and take the widow's ox in pledge.
4 Push the helpless into the ditch, bully the weak so that they fear for their lives. 4 They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5 The poor, like stray dogs and cats, scavenge for food in back alleys. 5 Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go about their labor of foraging food; the wasteland provides food for their children.
6 They sort through the garbage of the rich, eke out survival on handouts. 6 They gather fodder in the fields and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
7 Homeless, they shiver through cold nights on the street; they've no place to lay their heads. 7 Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked; they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.
8 Exposed to the weather, wet and frozen, they huddle in makeshift shelters. 8 They are drenched by mountain rains and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.
9 Nursing mothers have their babies snatched from them; the infants of the poor are kidnapped and sold. 9 The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
10 They go about patched and threadbare; even the hard workers go hungry. 10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked; they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.
11 No matter how back-breaking their labor, they can never make ends meet. 11 They crush olives among the terraces; they tread the winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 People are dying right and left, groaning in torment. The wretched cry out for help and God does nothing, acts like nothing's wrong! 12 The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help. But God charges no one with wrongdoing.
13 "Then there are those who avoid light at all costs, who scorn the light-filled path. 13 "There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths.
14 When the sun goes down, the murderer gets up - kills the poor and robs the defenseless. 14 When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up and kills the poor and needy; in the night he steals forth like a thief.
15 Sexual predators can't wait for nightfall, thinking, 'No one can see us now.' 15 The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, 'No eye will see me,' and he keeps his face concealed.
16 Burglars do their work at night, but keep well out of sight through the day. They want nothing to do with light. 16 In the dark, men break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light.
17 Deep darkness is morning for that bunch; they make the terrors of darkness their companions in crime. 17 For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.
18 "They are scraps of wood floating on the water - useless, cursed junk, good for nothing. 18 "Yet they are foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one goes to the vineyards.
19 As surely as snow melts under the hot, summer sun, sinners disappear in the grave. 19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow, so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.
20 The womb has forgotten them, worms have relished them - nothing that is evil lasts. 20 The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; evil men are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree.
21 Unscrupulous, they prey on those less fortunate. 21 They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow show no kindness.
22 However much they strut and flex their muscles, there's nothing to them. They're hollow. 22 But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23 They may have an illusion of security, but God has his eye on them. 23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but his eyes are on their ways.
24 They may get their brief successes, but then it's over, nothing to show for it. Like yesterday's newspaper, they're used to wrap up the garbage. 24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.
25 You're free to try to prove me a liar, but you won't be able to do it." 25 "If this is not so, who can prove me false and reduce my words to nothing?"