Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs
1 "Why R652 are times F267 not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see His R653 days?
2 "Some F268 remove R654 the landmarks;
They seize and devour F269 flocks.
3 "They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; R655
They take the widow's R656 ox for a pledge.
4 "They push the R657 needy aside from the road;
The poor R658 of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
5 "Behold, as wild R659 donkeys in the wilderness
They go R660 forth seeking food in their activity,
As bread F270 for their children in the desert.
6 "They harvest their fodder in the field
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
7 "They R661 spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
8 "They are wet with the mountain rains
And hug the rock for want of a shelter.
9 "Others F271 snatch the orphan R662 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 R663 not pay attention to folly.
13 "Others F272 have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
14 "The murderer arises R664 at dawn;
He kills R665 the poor and the needy,
And at night he is as a thief.
15 "The eye of the adulterer R666 waits for the twilight,
Saying, `No eye will see me.'
And he disguises F273 his face.
16 "In the dark they dig R667 into houses,
They shut R668 themselves up by day;
They do not know the light.
17 "For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness,
For he is familiar with the terrors R669 of thick darkness.
18 "They are insignificant R670 F274 on the surface of the water;
Their portion is cursed R671 on the earth.
They do not turn toward F275 the vineyards. R672
19 "Drought and heat consume R673 F276 the snow waters,
So does Sheol R674 F277 those who have sinned.
20 "A mother R675 F278 will forget him;
The worm R676 feeds sweetly till he is no R677 longer remembered.
And wickedness will be broken like R678 a tree.
21 "He wrongs the barren F279 woman
And does no good for the R679 widow.
22 "But He drags off the valiant by His R680 power;
He rises, but no R681 one has assurance of life.
23 "He provides them with R682 security, and they are supported;
And His eyes R683 are on their ways.
24 "They are exalted a little R684 while, then they are gone;
Moreover, they are brought R685 low and like everything gathered up;
Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.
25 "Now if it is not so, who R686 can prove me a liar,
And make my speech worthless?"
F267: I.e. times of judgment
F268: Lit They
F269: Or pasture
F270: Lit his bread
F271: Lit They
F272: Lit They
F273: Or puts a covering on his face
F274: Or light or swift
F275: Lit to the path of
F276: Lit seize
F277: I.e. nether world
F278: Lit womb
F279: Lit barren who does not bear
R652: Acts 1:7
R653: Isaiah 2:12; Jeremiah 46:10; Obadiah 1:1:15; Zephaniah 1:7
R654: Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17; Proverbs 23:10
R655: Job 1:6:27
R656: Deuteronomy 24:17; Job 1:22:9
R657: Job 1:24:14; 29:16; 30:25; 31:19
R658: Job 1:29:12; Psalms 41:1; Proverbs 14:31; 28:28; Amos 8:4
R659: Job 1:39:5-8
R660: Psalms 104:23
R661: Exodus 22:26; Job 1:22:6
R662: Job 1:6:27
R663: Job 1:9:23,24
R664: Micah 2:1
R665: Psalms 10:8
R666: Proverbs 7:9
R667: Exodus 22:2; Matthew 6:19
R668: John 3:20
R669: Job 1:15:21
R670: Job 1:22:11,16; 27:20
R671: Job 1:5:3
R672: Job 1:24:6,11
R673: Job 1:6:16,17
R674: Job 1:21:13
R675: Isaiah 49:15
R676: Job 1:21:26
R677: Job 1:18:17; Psalms 34:16; Proverbs 10:7
R678: Job 1:19:10; Daniel 4:14
R679: Job 1:22:9
R680: Job 1:9:4
R681: Job 1:18:20
R682: Job 1:12:6
R683: Job 1:10:4; 11:11
R684: Psalms 37:10
R685: Job 1:14:21
R686: Job 1:6:28; 27:4