English Revised Version

Job 24

Wickedness goeth often unpunished.

Job 24:1 Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? and why do not they which 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 hide themselves together. Job 24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for meat; the wilderness [yieldeth] them food 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 an-hungred 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 imputeth it not for 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 daytime; 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 the shadow of death; for they know the terrors of the shadow of death. Job 24:18 He is swift upon the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he turneth not by the way of the vineyards. Job 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [so doth] Sheol [those which] 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 He draweth away the mighty also by his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure 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 other, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 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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