Job 24:2

2 There are those who move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.

Job 24:2 in Other Translations

2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
2 Some move landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.
2 Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.
2 There are people out there getting by with murder - stealing and lying and cheating.
2 The wicked displace boundary markers. They steal a flock and provide pasture for [it].

Job 24:2 Meaning and Commentary

Job 24:2

[Some] remove the landmarks
Anciently set to distinguish one man's land from another, to secure property, and preserve from encroachments; but some were so wicked as either secretly in the night to remove them, or openly to do it, having power on their side, pretending they were wrongly located; this was not only prohibited by the law of God, and pronounced an accursed thing, ( Deuteronomy 19:14 ) ( 27:17 ) ; but was reckoned so before the law was given, being known to be such by the light of nature, as what was now, and here condemned, was before that law was in being; and so we find that this was accounted an execrable thing among the Heathens, who had a deity they called Jupiter Terminalis, who was appointed over bounds and landmarks; so Numa Pompilius appointed stones to be set as bounds to everyone's lands, and dedicated them to Jupiter Terminalis, and ordered that those that removed them should be slain as sacrilegious persons, and they and their oxen devoted to destruction F6: some render it, "they touch the landmarks" F7, as if to touch them was unlawful, and therefore much more to remove them:

they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof];
not content with a sheep or a lamb, they took away whole flocks, and that by force and violence, openly and publicly, and slew them, and fed on them; or else took them and put them into their own grounds, or such as they had got by encroachments from others, where they fed them without any fear of men; which shows the effrontery and impudence of them.


F6 Dion. Halicarnass. & Festus apud Sanctium in loc. Vid. Rycquium de Capitol. Roman. c. 14. Ovid. Fasti, l. 2.
F7 (wgyvy) "attigerunt", Pagninus, Bolducius; "attingunt", Vatablus.

Job 24:2 In-Context

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 those who move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.
3 They drive away the orphan’s donkey and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
4 They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5 Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go about their labor of foraging food; the wasteland provides food for their children.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 19:14; Deuteronomy 27:17; Proverbs 23:10
  • 2. Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 28:31
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