Wickedness goeth often unpunished.
Job 24:1 Consyderinge then that there is no tyme hyd from the almighty, how happeneth it, that they whyche know him, will not regarde his dayes? Job 24:2 For some men there be, that remoue other mens landemarkes, that robbe them of their catell, and kepe the same for their owne: Job 24:3 that driue away the asse of the fatherlesse, that take the wyddowes oxe for a pledge: Job 24:4 that thrust the poore oute of the waie, and oppresse the simple of the worlde together. Job 24:5 Beholde, the wilde asses in the deserte go by tymes, as their maner is, to spoyle: Yea, the very wyldernesse mynystreth fode for their children. Job 24:6 They reape the corne feld þt is not their owne and gather the grapes oute of hys vineyard, whome they haue oppressed by vyolence. Job 24:7 They are the cause that so many men are naked and bare, hauinge no clothes to couer them and kepe them from coulde: Job 24:8 So that when the showers in the mountaynes haue rayned vpon them, and they be all wet, they haue none other succoure, but to kepe them among the rockes. Job 24:9 They spoyle the sucking fatherlesse children and put the dore in preson. Job 24:10 In so muche that they let them go naked withoute clothinge, and yet the hungry beare the sheues. Job 24:11 The poore are fayne to laboure in their oyle mylles, yea and to treade in their wyne presses, & yet to suffre thyrst. Job 24:12 The whole cyty cryeth vnto the Lorde with syghynge, the soules of the slayne make their complainte. But God destroieth them not for al this, Job 24:13 where as they (notwithstandinge) are rebellious and disobedient enemies: whiche seke not his lyghte and waye, nor turne agayne into hys pathe. Job 24:14 Tymely in the mornynge do they aryse, to murthur the simple and poore, & in the night they go a stealynge. Job 24:15 The eye of the vngodly is lyke the aduouterer, that wayteth for the darckenesse, & sayeth thus in hym selfe: Tush, there shall no man se me, & so he disgyseth his face. Job 24:16 In the nighte ceason they searche the houses, and hyd them selues in the day tyme, but wyll not knowe the light.
There is a secret judgment for the wicked.
Job 24:17 For as sone as the daye breaketh, the shadow of death commeth vpon them, & they go in horrible darcknesse. Job 24:18 The vngodly is very swyft. O that his porcion also vpon earth were swyfter then the runninge water, whiche suffreth not the shipman to beholde the fayre & pleasaunt vineiardes. Job 24:19 O that they (for the wickednesse whiche they haue done) were drawen to the hel, soner then snow melteth at the heate. Job 24:20 O that all compassion vpon them were forgotten: that their dayntyes were wormes, that they were cleane put oute of remembraunce, & vtterly hewen doune lyke an vnfrutefull tree. Job 24:21 For they manteyne the baren, and make them that they can not beare, and vnto wyddowes they do no good. Job 24:22 They plucke doune the myghtye with theyr power, and when they themselues are gotten vp, they are neuer without feare, as longe as they lyue. Job 24:23 And though they myght be safe, yet they wyll not receyue it, for their eyes loke vpon their own wayes. Job 24:24 They are exalted for a lytle, but shortly are they gone, brought to extreme pouerte, and taken oute of the way: yea & vtterly plucte of, as the eares of corne. Job 24:25 Is it not so? Who wyll then reproue me as a lyar, & say þt my wordes are nothing worth.