Job 24:1-25 NIV

Job 24:1-25 NIV [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. [6] They gather fodder in the fields and glean in the vineyards of the wicked. [7] Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked; they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold. [8] They are drenched by mountain rains and hug the rocks for lack of shelter. [9] The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt. [10] Lacking clothes, they go about naked; they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry. [11] They crush olives among the terraces; they tread the winepresses, yet suffer thirst. [12] The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help. But God charges no one with wrongdoing. [13] "There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths. [14] When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up, kills the poor and needy, and in the night steals forth like a thief. [15] The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, 'No eye will see me,' and he keeps his face concealed. [16] In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light. [17] For all of them, midnight is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness. [18] "Yet they are foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one goes to the vineyards. [19] As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow, so the grave snatches away those who have sinned. [20] The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; the wicked are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree. [21] They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow they show no kindness. [22] But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life. [23] He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but his eyes are on their ways. [24] For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain. [25] "If this is not so, who can prove me false and reduce my words to nothing?"

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