Job 24 Lexham English Bible (LEB)
Job’s Eighth Speech, Continued
24 “Why are not times kept by Shaddai,
and why do not those who know him see his days?
2 They remove border stones;
they seize flocks, and they pasture them.
3 They drive away the donkey of orphans;
they take the widow’s ox as a pledge.
4 They thrust the poor off the road;
the needy of the earth hide themselves together.
5 “Look, like wild donkeys in the desert
they go out to their labor as searchers for the prey;
the wilderness is their food for the young.
6 They reap their fodder in the field,
and they glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7 They spend the night naked, without clothing,
and they have no garment in the cold.
8 They are wet from the rainstorm of the mountains,
and they cling to the rock without refuge.
9 “They snatch the orphan from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the needy.
10 They go about naked, without clothing,
and hungry, they carry the sheaves.
11 Between their terraces they press out oil;
they tread the presses, but they are thirsty.
12 From the city people groan,
and the throat of the wounded cries for help;
yet God does not regard it as unseemly.
13 “Those are among the ones rebelling against the light;
they do not recognize his ways,
and they do not stay in his paths.
14 At dusk the murderer rises;
he kills the needy and the poor,
and in the night he is like a thief.
15 And the eye of the adulterer waits for dusk,
saying, ‘No eye will see me,’
and he places a covering on his face.
16 He digs through houses in the darkness;
by day they shut themselves in—
they do not know the light
17 because morning likewise is to them deep darkness;
indeed, they know about the terrors of deep darkness.
18 “He himself is swift on the water’s surface;
their portion is cursed in the land.
No one turns toward the path of their vineyards.
19 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters,
like Sheol snatches away those who have sinned.
20 The womb forgets him.
The maggot feasts on him until he is no longer remembered,
and wickedness is broken like a tree.
21 He feeds on the barren, who does not have a child,
and does no good to the widow.
22 Yet he carries off the tyrants by his strength;
if he rises up, then he cannot be certain of life.
23 He gives security to him, and he is supported,
but his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted a little while, then they are gone.
And they are brought low; they are cut off like all others,
and like the heads of grain they wither away.
25 “And if it is not so, then who can prove me a liar
and reduce my word to nothing?”