Job 24
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Job Describes Social Injustice

1Why doesn’t the Almighty reserve time for judgment?

and why don’t those who know him perceive his days?

2They move boundary stones,a

steal flocks, and pasture them.b

3They drive away the orphan’s donkey;

they take the ox of the widow as security for a loan;c

4They push the needy off the road,

and force the poor of the land into hiding.

5“Look! Like wild donkeys in the wilderness,

they work diligently as they seek wild game in the desert,

food for them and their young ones.

6They reap fodder in the field

and glean in the vineyard of the wicked.

7They spend the night naked, without clothing,

with no covering against the cold.

8They are wet from mountain rains;

without shelter, they cling to a rock.

9“The fatherless are torn from the breast;

the poor are taken away as security for a loan.d

10They wander around naked, without clothes;

hungry, though they carry sheaves of grain.e

11They press oil between the olive groves owned by the wicked;

they suffer from thirst, even while treading the winepress.

12From the city, dying men groan aloud,

and the wounded cries out for help,

but God charges no one with wrong.

13“Then there are those who rebel against the light;

they are not acquainted with its ways;

and they don’t stay on its course.f

14The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy;

at night, he is like a thief.

15The adulterer watches for twilight,g

saying, ‘No eye is watching me’

while he veils his face.

16They break into houses in the dark;

during the day they remained sealed in.

They don’t know daylight.

17As a group, deep darkness is their morning time;

fear that lives in darkness is their friend.”

Social Injustice will Be Punished

18“They remain only a short time on the water’s surface;

their inheritance will be cursed in the land;

no one will work in their vineyards.

19As drought and heat evaporate melting snow,

that’s what Sheolh does with sinners.

20The womb will forget them.

Maggots will find them to be a delicacy!

They won’t be remembered anymore,

their iniquity will be cut to pieces like firewood.i

21“They prey on the barren woman,

and do no favors for widows.

22Godj prolongs the life of the strong by his power,

but they get up in the morningk without purpose in life.

23He gives them security and financial support,

but he watches everything they do.

24They’re exalted momentarily, but then they are gone;

they are humbled,l just like all the others.

They are cut down like heads of corn.

25If this weren’t so, who can prove that I’m a liar

by showing that there’s nothing to what I’m saying?”

a 24:2 Or borders
b 24:2 The Heb. lacks them
c 24:3 The Heb. lacks for a loan
d 24:9 The Heb. lacks for a loan
e 24:10 The Heb. lacks grain
f 24:13 Or path
g 24:15 Lit. twilight
h 24:19 i.e. the realm of the afterlife
i 24:20 Lit. like a tree
j 24:22 Lit. He
k 24:22 The Heb. lacks in the morning
l 24:24 Or brought low

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