NASB — Job 24 — KJV

Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs

  1aWhy are Itimes not stored up by the Almighty,
  And why do those who know Him not see bHis days?
  2ISome aremove the landmarks;
  They seize and IIdevour flocks.
  3 “They drive away the donkeys of the aorphans;
  They take the bwidow’s ox for a pledge.
  4 “They push athe needy aside from the road;
  The bpoor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
  5 “Behold, as awild donkeys in the wilderness
  They bgo forth seeking food in their activity,
  As Ibread for [their] children in the desert.
  6 “They harvest their fodder in the field
  And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
  7aThey 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.
  9IOthers snatch the aorphan 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 adoes not pay attention to folly.

[1] II.e. times of judgment aAc 1:7 bIs 2:12; Jr 46:10; Ob 15; Zp 1:7
[2] ILit They IIOr pasture aDt 19:14; 27:17; Pv 23:10
[3] aJb 6:27 bDt 24:17; Jb 22:9
[4] aJb 24:14; 29:16; 30:25; 31:19 bJb 29:12; Ps 41:1; Pv 14:31; 28:28; Am 8:4
[5] ILit his bread aJb 39:5-8 bPs 104:23
[7] aEx 22:26; Jb 22:6
[9] ILit They aJb 6:27
[12] aJb 9:23, 24

  13 ¶ “IOthers 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 aarises at dawn;
  He bkills the poor and the needy,
  And at night he is as a thief.
  15 “The eye of the aadulterer waits for the twilight,
  Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
  And he Idisguises his face.
  16 “In the dark they adig into houses,
  They bshut 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 aterrors of thick darkness.

[13] ILit They
[14] aMi 2:1 bPs 10:8
[15] IOr puts a covering on his face aPv 7:9
[16] aEx 22:2; Mt 6:19 bJn 3:20
[17] aJb 15:21

  18 ¶ “They are Iainsignificant on the surface of the water;
  Their portion is bcursed on the earth.
  They do not turn IItoward the cvineyards.
  19 “Drought and heat Iaconsume the snow waters,
  [So does] IIbSheol [those who] have sinned.
  20 “A Iamother will forget him;
  The bworm feeds sweetly till he is cno longer remembered.
  And wickedness will be broken dlike a tree.
  21 “He wrongs the Ibarren woman
  And does no good for athe widow.
  22 “But He drags off the valiant by aHis power;
  He rises, but bno one has assurance of life.
  23 “He provides them awith security, and they are supported;
  And His beyes are on their ways.
  24 “They are exalted a alittle while, then they are gone;
  Moreover, they are bbrought low and like everything gathered up;
  Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.
  25 “Now if it is not so, awho can prove me a liar,
  And make my speech worthless?”

[18] IOr light or swift IILit to the path of aJb 22:11, 16; 27:20 bJb 5:3 cJb 24:6, 11
[19] ILit seize III.e. nether world aJb 6:16, 17 bJb 21:13
[20] ILit womb aIs 49:15 bJb 21:26 cJb 18:17; Ps 34:16; Pv 10:7 dJb 19:10; Dn 4:14
[21] ILit barren who does not bear aJb 22:9
[22] aJb 9:4 bJb 18:20
[23] aJb 12:6 bJb 10:4; 11:11
[24] aPs 37:10 bJb 14:21
[25] aJb 6:28; 27:4


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Wickedness goeth often unpunished.

1 ¶ Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? 2 [Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof]. 3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. 4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 5 Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children. 6 They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold. 8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. 10 They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry; 11 [Which] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst. 12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly [to them]. 13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. 14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face. 16 In the dark they dig through houses, [which] they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

[1] Gn 7:4; 18:17, 20; Ps 9:10; 31:15; 36:10; 73:16; Ec 3:17; 8:6; 9:11; Is 60:22; Jr 12:1; Dn 2:21; Mt 24:38; Lk 21:22; Jn 17:3; Ac 1:7; 17:26; Ro 2:5; 1Th 5:1; 1Ti 4:1; 6:15; 2P 2:3; 3:7.
[2] Dt 19:14; 27:17; Jb 1:15, 17; 5:5; Pv 22:28; 23:10; Ho 5:10.
[3] Dt 24:6, 10, 17; 1S 12:3; Jb 22:6; 31:16.
[4] Jb 24:14; 31:16; Ps 109:16; Pv 22:16; 28:12, 28; 30:14; Is 10:2; Ezk 18:12, 18; 22:29; Am 2:7; 8:4; Mi 2:1; Jm 5:4.
[5] Gn 16:12; 27:40; Jb 5:5; 12:6; 24:14; 39:5; Pv 4:16; Jr 2:24; Ho 7:6; 8:9; Mi 2:1; Zp 3:3; Jn 18:28; Ac 23:12.
[6] Dt 28:33, 51; Jg 6:3; Mi 6:15.
[7] Gn 31:40; Ex 22:26; Dt 24:11; Jb 22:6; 24:10; 31:19; Pv 31:21; Is 58:7; Ac 9:31.
[8] So 5:2; Lm 4:5; He 11:38.
[9] 2K 4:1; Ne 5:5.
[10] Dt 24:19; Am 2:7; 5:11.
[11] Dt 25:4; Jr 22:13; Jm 5:4.
[12] Ex 1:13; 2:23; 22:27; Jg 10:16; Ps 12:5; 50:21; 69:26; 109:22; Ec 4:1; 8:11; Is 52:5; Mal 2:17; 3:15; Ro 2:4; 2P 3:15.
[13] Jb 23:11; Pv 4:19; Lk 12:47; Jn 3:19; 8:31, 44; 9:39; 12:35, 40; 15:6, 22; Ro 1:32; 2:17; 3:11; 2Th 2:10; Jm 4:17; 2P 2:20; 1Jn 2:19; Jde 1:6.
[14] 2S 11:14; Ps 10:8; Mi 2:1; Lk 12:39; Ep 5:7; 1Th 5:2; Rv 3:3.
[15] Gn 38:14; Ex 20:14; 2S 11:4; 12:12; Jb 22:13; Ps 10:11; 50:18; 73:11; 94:7; Pv 6:32; 7:9; Ezk 8:12; 9:9.
[16] Ex 22:2; Jb 24:13; 38:12; Ezk 12:5, 12; Mt 24:43; Jn 3:20; Ep 5:11.

There is a secret judgment for the wicked.

17 For the morning [is] to them even as the shadow of death: if [one] know [them, they are in] the terrors of the shadow of death. 18 He [is] swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [so doth] the grave [those which] have sinned. 20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21 He evil entreateth the barren [that] beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. 22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no [man] is sure of life. 23 [Though] it be given him [to be] in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes [are] upon their ways. 24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all [other], and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25 And if [it be] not [so] now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

[17] Jb 3:5; Ps 73:18; Jr 2:26; 2Co 5:10; Rv 6:16.
[18] Dt 28:16; Ps 58:7; 69:22; 73:18; Pv 3:33; Is 23:10; Mal 2:2.
[19] Jb 6:15; 21:23, 32; Ps 49:14; 58:8; 68:2; Pv 14:32; Ec 9:4; Lk 12:20; 16:22.
[20] Jb 14:7; 17:14; 18:16; 19:26; Pv 10:7; Ec 8:10; Is 26:14; Dn 4:14; Mt 3:10.
[21] 1S 1:6; Jb 24:3; 29:13; 31:16.
[22] Es 3:8; Dn 6:4; Jn 19:12; Rv 16:13; 17:2.
[23] Ps 10:13; 11:4; 73:3; Pv 5:21; 15:3; 25:21; Ec 5:8; 8:11; Is 10:8; 56:12; Jr 12:1; Am 8:7; 9:2; Hab 1:13; Lk 12:16, 45; 1Th 5:3; Rv 2:23.
[24] Jb 8:22; 20:5; Ps 37:10, 35; 73:19; 92:7; Is 17:5; Jm 1:11; 5:1; Rv 14:14.
[25] Jb 9:24; 11:2; 15:2.


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