Job

Job 24 ©

1Job sheweth that wicked men often go unpunished, and die as all other men.

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WHY, seeing atimes are not hidden from the Almighty, do bthey that know him not see his days?

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Some cremove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and 1feed thereof.

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They ddrive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

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eThey turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

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Behold, as fwild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising g*betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.

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They reap every one his 2corn in the field: and 3they gather the *vintage of the wicked.

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They hcause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.

h ch. 22.6. Ge. 31.40. v.10.
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They are iwet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

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They jpluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.

j 2Ki. 4.1. Ex. 22.26,27. ch. 22.6.
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They kcause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;

k ch. 22.6. v.7. 1Jn. 3.17. Ja. 2.15,16; 5.4. De. 25.4; 23.25. Je. 22.13. De. 24.19. Lu. 6.1.
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Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

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lMen groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God mlayeth not folly to them.

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They are of those that nrebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

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oThe murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

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pThe eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and 4disguiseth his face.

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qIn the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they rknow not the light.

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For sthe morning is to them even tas the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

s Am. 5.8.
t Ge. 38.23. ch. 3.5.
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He is uswift vas the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he wbeholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

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Drought and heat 5consume the xsnow waters: so ydoth the grave those which have sinned.

x ch. 9.30.
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The womb shall forget him; the worm shall zfeed sweetly on him; he ashall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall bbe broken as a tree.

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He cevil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth dnot good to the widow.

d v.3. ch. 29.13.
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He edraweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and 6no man is sure of life.

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Though fit be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.

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They are exalted gfor a little while, but 7are gone and brought low; they are 8taken out of the way as all other, and cut off has the tops of the ears of corn.

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And iif it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

i ch. 9.24.