Job 24 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Why doesn't the Almighty open the court and bring judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain? 1 "Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
2 Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal flocks of sheep, 2 Men move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.
3 and they even take donkeys from the poor and fatherless. A poor widow must surrender her valuable ox as collateral for a loan. 3 They drive away the orphan's donkey and take the widow's ox in pledge.
4 The poor are kicked aside; the needy must hide together for safety. 4 They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5 Like the wild donkeys in the desert, the poor must spend all their time just getting enough to keep body and soul together. They go into the desert to search for food for their children. 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 harvest a field they do not own, and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked. 6 They gather fodder in the fields and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
7 All night they lie naked in the cold, without clothing or covering. 7 Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked; they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.
8 They are soaked by mountain showers, and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home. 8 They are drenched by mountain rains and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.
9 "The wicked snatch a widow's child from her breast; they take the baby as a pledge for a loan. 9 The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
10 The poor must go about naked, without any clothing. They are forced to carry food while they themselves are starving. 10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked; they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.
11 They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst. 11 They crush olives among the terraces; they tread the winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God does not respond to their moaning. 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 "Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways. They will not stay in its paths. 13 "There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths.
14 The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief. 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 The adulterer waits for the twilight, for he says, 'No one will see me then.' He masks his face so no one will know him. 15 The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, 'No eye will see me,' and he keeps his face concealed.
16 They break into houses at night and sleep in the daytime. They are not acquainted with the 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 The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness. 17 For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.
18 "But they disappear from the earth as quickly as foam is swept down a river. Everything they own is cursed, so that no one enters their vineyard. 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 Death consumes sinners just as drought and heat consume snow. 19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow, so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.
20 Even the sinner's own mother will forget him. Worms will find him sweet to eat. No one will remember him. Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm. 20 The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; evil men are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree.
21 For they have taken advantage of the childless who have no protecting sons. They refuse to help the needy widows. 21 They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow show no kindness.
22 "God, in his power, drags away the rich. They may rise high, but they have no assurance in life. 22 But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23 They may be allowed to live in security, but God is always watching them. 23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but his eyes are on their ways.
24 And though they are great now, in a moment they will be gone like all others, withered like heads of grain. 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 "Can anyone claim otherwise? Who can prove me wrong?" 25 "If this is not so, who can prove me false and reduce my words to nothing?"