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Job 24:1-12 World English Bible (WEB)

24 “Why aren’t times laid up by the Almighty?
    Why don’t those who know him see his days?
There are people who remove the landmarks.
    They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
They drive away the donkey of the fatherless,
    and they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
They turn the needy out of the way.
    The poor of the earth all hide themselves.
Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert,
    they go out to their work, seeking diligently for food.
The wilderness yields them bread for their children.
    They cut their food in the field.
They glean the vineyard of the wicked.
    They lie all night naked without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
    They are wet with the showers of the mountains,
and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter.
    There are those who pluck the fatherless from the breast,
and take a pledge of the poor,
10     So that they go around naked without clothing.
    Being hungry, they carry the sheaves.
11 They make oil within the walls of these men.
    They tread wine presses, and suffer thirst.
12 From out of the populous city, men groan.
    The soul of the wounded cries out,
    yet God doesn’t regard the folly.

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Job 24:1-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs

24 Why are [a]times not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see His days?
[b]Some remove the landmarks;
They seize and [c]devour flocks.
“They drive away the donkeys of the orphans;
They take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
“They push the needy aside from the road;
The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
“Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness
They go forth seeking food in their activity,
As [d]bread for their children in the desert.
“They harvest their fodder in the field
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
They spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
“They are wet with the mountain rains
And hug the rock for want of a shelter.
[e]Others snatch the orphan from the breast,
And against the poor they take a pledge.
10 “They cause the poor to go about naked without clothing,
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
11 “Within the walls they produce oil;
They tread wine presses but thirst.
12 “From the city men groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not pay attention to folly.


  1. Job 24:1 I.e. times of judgment
  2. Job 24:2 Lit They
  3. Job 24:2 Or pasture
  4. Job 24:5 Lit his bread
  5. Job 24:9 Lit They
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Job 24:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

24 “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?
    Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
There are those who move boundary stones;
    they pasture flocks they have stolen.
They drive away the orphan’s donkey
    and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
They thrust the needy from the path
    and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
Like wild donkeys in the desert,
    the poor go about their labor of foraging food;
    the wasteland provides food for their children.
They gather fodder in the fields
    and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked;
    they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.
They are drenched by mountain rains
    and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.
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[a];
    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.


  1. Job 24:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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