Wickedness goeth often unpunished.
Job 24:1 Tymes ben not hid fro Almyyti God; sotheli thei that knowen hym, knowen not hise daies. Job 24:2 Othere men turneden ouer the termes of neiyboris eritage, thei token awei flockis, and fedden tho. Job 24:3 Thei driueden awei the asse of fadirlesse children, and token awei the cow of a widewe for a wed. Job 24:4 Thei distrieden the weie of pore men, and thei oppressiden togidere the mylde men of erthe. Job 24:5 Othere men as wielde assis in deseert goon out to her werk; and thei waken to prey, and bifor maken redy breed to her children. Job 24:6 Thei kitten doun a feeld not hern, and thei gaderen grapis of his vyner, whom thei han oppressid bi violence. Job 24:7 Thei leeuen men nakid, and taken awei the clothis, to whiche men is noon hiling in coold; Job 24:8 whiche men the reynes of munteyns weeten, and thei han noon hilyng, and biclippen stoonys. Job 24:9 Thei diden violence, and robbiden fadirles and modirles children; and thei spuyliden, ether robbiden, the comynte of pore men. Job 24:10 Thei token awey eeris of corn fro nakid men, and goynge with out cloth, and fro hungry men. Job 24:11 Thei weren hid in myddai among the heepis of tho men, that thirsten, whanne the presses ben trodun. Job 24:12 Thei maden men of citees to weile, and the soulis of woundid men schulen crye; and God suffrith it not to go awei vnpunyschid. Job 24:13 Thei weren rebel to liyt; thei knewen not the weyes therof, nether thei turneden ayen bi the pathis therof. Job 24:14 A mansleere risith ful eerli, and sleeth a nedi man, and a pore man; sotheli bi nyyt he schal be as a nyyt theef. Job 24:15 The iye of avouter kepith derknesse, and seith, An yye schal not se me; and he schal hile his face. Job 24:16 Thei mynen housis in derknessis, as thei seiden togidere to hem silf in the dai; and thei knewen not liyt.
There is a secret judgment for the wicked.
Job 24:17 If the morewtid apperith sudeynli, thei demen the schadewe of deth; and so thei goon in derknessis as in liyt. Job 24:18 He is vnstablere than the face of the water; his part in erthe be cursid, and go he not bi the weie of vyneris. Job 24:19 Passe he to ful greet heete fro the watris of snowis, and the synne of hym til to hellis. Job 24:20 Merci foryete hym; his swetnesse be a worm; be he not in mynde, but be he al to-brokun as a tre vnfruytful. Job 24:21 For he fedde the bareyn, and hir that childith not, and he dide not wel to the widewe. Job 24:22 He drow doun stronge men in his strengthe; and whanne he stondith in greet state, he schal not bileue to his lijf. Job 24:23 God yaf to hym place of penaunce, and he mysusith that in to pride; for the iyen of God ben in the weies of that man. Job 24:24 Thei ben reisid at a litil, and thei schulen not stonde; and thei schulen be maad low as alle thingis, and thei schulen be takun awei; and as the hyynessis of eeris of corn thei schulen be al to-brokun. Job 24:25 That if it is not so, who may repreue me, that Y liede, and putte my wordis bifor God?