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Job 24

Wickedness goeth often unpunished.

Job 24:1 Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that know him see his days? Job 24:2 There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them. Job 24:3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless; They take the widow's ox for a pledge. Job 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide themselves. Job 24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness [yieldeth] them bread for their children. Job 24:6 They cut their provender in the field; And they glean the vintage of the wicked. Job 24:7 They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold. Job 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for want of a shelter. Job 24:9 There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor; Job 24:10 [So that] they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they carry the sheaves. Job 24:11 They make oil within the walls of these men; They tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst. Job 24:12 From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out: Yet God regardeth not the folly. Job 24:13 These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, Nor abide in the paths thereof. Job 24:14 The murderer riseth with the light; He killeth the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief. Job 24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying, No eye shall see me: And he disguiseth his face. Job 24:16 In the dark they dig through houses: They shut themselves up in the day-time; They know not the light.

There is a secret judgment for the wicked.

Job 24:17 For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness; For they know the terrors of the thick darkness. Job 24:18 Swiftly they [pass away] upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards. Job 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [So doth] Sheol [those that] have sinned. Job 24:20 The womb shall forget him; The worm shall feed sweetly on him; He shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree. Job 24:21 He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow. Job 24:22 Yet [God] preserveth the mighty by his power: He riseth up that hath no assurance of life. Job 24:23 [God] giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon; And his eyes are upon their ways. Job 24:24 They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain. Job 24:25 And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech nothing worth?

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