THE BOOK OF
Job 24 ©
In regard that Eliphaz had insisted that God had always punished the wicked, he is refuted by Job with the common experience of the godly, v. 1. Job rehearses the wicked practice of the ungodly, 2. Together with their gentle death, 19. Although they were oppressors, 21. But that God is just, Who sees and punishes their doings, 24. All this Job wishes to maintain, 25.
WHY, 1seeing 2times are not 3hidden from the Almighty, do they 4that know him not see 5his days?
6Some removea7the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and 8feed thereof.
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they 9take the widow's ox for a pledge.
They 10turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hideb themselves together.
Behold, as 11wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: 12the wilderness yieldeth 13food for 14them and for their 15children.
16They reap every one 17his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the 18wicked.
They cause the 19naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
20They are wet with the showers 21of the mountains, and 22embrace the rock 23for want of a shelter.
24They pluck the fatherless 25from the breast, and 26take a pledge of the poor.
They cause 27him to go nakedc without clothing, 28and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
29Which make oil within 30their 31walls, and tread their winepresses, and sufferd thirst.
Men 32groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not 33folly to them.
They are of those that rebel against the 34light; they know not the 35ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
The murderer rising with 36the light killethe the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
Thef eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the 37twilight, 38saying, Nog eye shall see me: and 39disguiseth40his face.
In the dark 41they dig through houses, which 42they had 43marked for themselves in the daytime: theyh44know not the light.
For the morning is to 45them even 46as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the 47terrors of the shadow of death.
48He is 49swift as the waters; 50their portion is 51cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not 52the way of the vineyards.
53Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
The 54womb shall forget him; 55the worm shall feed sweetly on him; 56he shall be no more remembered; and 57wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
He evil 58entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
He 59draweth also 60the mighty with his power: 61he riseth up, and no man 62is sure of life.
63Though it be given 64him to be 65in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his 66eyes are upon 67their ways.
68They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are 69taken out of the way as all other, and 70cut off as 71the tops of the ears of corn.
And 72if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?