Job 24
New Living TranslationBerean Study Bible
1“Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?1“Why does the Almighty not reserve times for judgment? Why may those who know Him never see His days?
2Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.2Men move boundary stones; they pasture stolen flocks.
3They take the orphan’s donkey and demand the widow’s ox as security for a loan.3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
4The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety.4They push the needy off the road and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5Like wild donkeys in the wilderness, the poor must spend all their time looking for food, searching even in the desert for food for their children.5Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go to work foraging for food; the wasteland is food for their children.
6They harvest a field they do not own, and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked.6They gather fodder in the fields and glean the vineyards of the wicked.
7All night they lie naked in the cold, without clothing or covering.7Without clothing, they spend the night naked; they have no covering against the cold.
8They are soaked by mountain showers, and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home.8Drenched by mountain rains, they huddle against the rocks for want of shelter.
9“The wicked snatch a widow’s child from her breast, taking the baby as security for a loan.9The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast; the nursing child of the poor is seized for a debt.
10The poor must go about naked, without any clothing. They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving.10Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.
11They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst.11They crush olives within their walls; they tread the winepresses, but go thirsty.
12The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning.12From the city, men groan, and the souls of the wounded cry out, yet God charges no one with wrongdoing.
13“Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths.13Then there are those who rebel against the light, not knowing its ways or staying on its paths.
14The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief.14When daylight is gone, the murderer rises to kill the poor and needy; in the night he is like a thief.
15The adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No one will see me then.’ He hides his face so no one will know him.15The eye of the adulterer watches for twilight. Thinking, ‘No eye will see me,’ he covers his face.
16Thieves break into houses at night and sleep in the daytime. They are not acquainted with the light.16In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves in, never to experience the light.
17The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.17For to them, deep darkness is their morning; surely they are friends with the terrors of darkness!
18“But they disappear like foam down a river. Everything they own is cursed, and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards.18They are but foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one turns toward their vineyards.
19The grave consumes sinners just as drought and heat consume snow.19As drought and heat consume the melting snow, so Sheol steals those who have sinned.
20Their own mothers will forget them. Maggots will find them sweet to eat. No one will remember them. Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm.20The womb forgets them; the worm feeds on them; they are remembered no more. So injustice is like a broken tree.
21They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.21They prey on the barren and childless, and show no kindness to the widow.
22“God, in his power, drags away the rich. They may rise high, but they have no assurance of life.22Yet by His power, God drags away the mighty; though rising up, they have no assurance of life.
23They may be allowed to live in security, but God is always watching them.23He gives them a sense of security, but His eyes are on their ways.
24And though they are great now, in a moment they will be gone like all others, cut off like heads of grain.24They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.
25Can anyone claim otherwise? Who can prove me wrong?”25If this is not so, then who can prove me a liar and reduce my words to nothing?”
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