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Job 24

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