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Job Complains of Violence on the Earth

24 Since (A)times are not hidden from the Almighty,
Why do those who know Him see not His (B)days?

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Some snatch the fatherless from the breast,
And take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause the poor to go naked, without (A)clothing;
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
11 They press out oil within their walls,
And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The dying groan in the city,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not charge them with wrong.

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19 As drought and heat [a]consume the snow waters,
So [b]the grave consumes those who have sinned.
20 The womb should forget him,
The worm should feed sweetly on him;
(A)He should be remembered no more,
And wickedness should be broken like a tree.
21 For he [c]preys on the barren who do not bear,
And does no good for the widow.

22 “But God draws the mighty away with His power;
He rises up, but no man is sure of life.
23 He gives them security, and they rely on it;
Yet (B)His eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while,
Then they are gone.
They are brought low;
They are [d]taken out of the way like all others;
They dry out like the heads of grain.

25 “Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar,
And make my speech worth nothing?”

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Footnotes

  1. Job 24:19 Lit. seize
  2. Job 24:19 Or Sheol
  3. Job 24:21 Lit. feeds on
  4. Job 24:24 Lit. gathered up

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