Job 24
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1“Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?1Why doesn't the Almighty reserve time for judgment? and why don't those who know him perceive his days?
2Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.2They move boundary stones, steal flocks, and pasture them.
3They take the orphan’s donkey and demand the widow’s ox as security for a loan.3They drive away the orphan's donkey; they take the ox of the widow as security for a loan;
4The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety.4They push the needy off the road, and force 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.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 harvest a field they do not own, and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked.6They reap fodder in the field and glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7All night they lie naked in the cold, without clothing or covering.7They spend the night naked, without clothing, with no covering against the cold.
8They are soaked by mountain showers, and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home.8They are wet from mountain rains; without shelter, they cling to a rock.
9“The wicked snatch a widow’s child from her breast, taking the baby as security for a loan.9"The fatherless are torn from the breast; the poor are taken away as security for a loan.
10The poor must go about naked, without any clothing. They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving.10They wander around naked, without clothes; hungry, though they carry sheaves of grain.
11They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst.11They press oil between the olive groves owned by the wicked; they suffer from thirst, even while treading the winepress.
12The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning.12From the city, dying men groan aloud, and the wounded cries out for help, but God charges no one with wrong.
13“Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths.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.
14The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief.14The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy; at 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 adulterer watches for twilight, saying, 'No eye is watching me' while he veils his face.
16Thieves break into houses at night and sleep in the daytime. They are not acquainted with the light.16They break into houses in the dark; during the day they remained sealed in. They don't know daylight.
17The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.17As a group, deep darkness is their morning time; fear that lives in darkness is their friend."
18“But they disappear like foam down a river. Everything they own is cursed, and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards.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.
19The grave consumes sinners just as drought and heat consume snow.19As drought and heat evaporate melting snow, that's what Sheol does with sinners.
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 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.
21They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.21"They prey on the barren woman, and do no favors for widows.
22“God, in his power, drags away the rich. They may rise high, but they have no assurance of life.22God prolongs the life of the strong by his power, but they get up in the morning without purpose in life.
23They may be allowed to live in security, but God is always watching them.23He gives them security and financial support, but he watches everything they do.
24And though they are great now, in a moment they will be gone like all others, cut off like heads of grain.24They're exalted momentarily, but then they are gone; they are humbled, just like all the others. They are cut down like heads of corn.
25Can anyone claim otherwise? Who can prove me wrong?”25If this weren't so, who can prove that I'm a liar by showing that there's nothing to what I'm saying?"
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
Job 23
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