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Job 24

1 Why are not times treasured up with the Almighty? why do not they that know him see his days?

2 They remove the landmarks; they violently take away the flocks and pasture them;

3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge;

4 They turn the needy out of the way: the afflicted of the land all hide themselves.

5 Lo, as wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking early for the prey: the wilderness yieldeth them food for their children.

6 They reap in the field the fodder thereof, and they gather the vintage of the wicked;

7 They pass the night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold;

8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and for want of a shelter embrace the rock ...

9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor:

10 These go naked without clothing, and, hungry, they bear the sheaf;

11 They press out oil within their walls, they tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out; and +God imputeth not the impiety.

13 There are those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

14 The murderer riseth with the light, killeth the afflicted and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

15 And the eye of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me; and he putteth a covering on his face.

16 In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves in; they know not the light:

17 For the morning is to them all as the shadow of death; for they are familiar with the terrors of the shadow of death.

18 He is swift on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed on the earth: he turneth not unto the way of the vineyards.

19 Drought and heat consume snow waters; so doth Sheol those that have sinned.

20 The womb forgetteth him; the worm feedeth sweetly on him: he shall be no more remembered; and unrighteousness is broken as a tree, --

21 He that despoileth the barren that beareth not, and doeth not good to the widow:

22 He draweth also the mighty with his power; he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.

23 God setteth him in safety, and he resteth thereon; but his eyes are upon their ways.

24 They are exalted for a little, and are no more; they are laid low; like all other are they gathered, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

25 If it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

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