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Job 24 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Job Asks Why the Wicked Are Not Punished
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:1 - “Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment?
Why must the godly wait for him in vain?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:2 - Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers.
They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:3 - They take the orphan’s donkey
and demand the widow’s ox as security for a loan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:4 - The poor are pushed off the path;
the needy must hide together for safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:5 - Like wild donkeys in the wilderness,
the poor must spend all their time looking for food,
searching even in the desert for food for their children.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:6 - They harvest a field they do not own,
and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:7 - All night they lie naked in the cold,
without clothing or covering.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:8 - They are soaked by mountain showers,
and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:9 - “The wicked snatch a widow’s child from her breast,
taking the baby as security for a loan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:10 - The poor must go about naked, without any clothing.
They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:11 - They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it,
and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:12 - The groans of the dying rise from the city,
and the wounded cry for help,
yet God ignores their moaning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:13 - “Wicked people rebel against the light.
They refuse to acknowledge its ways
or stay in its paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:14 - The murderer rises in the early dawn
to kill the poor and needy;
at night he is a thief.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:15 - The adulterer waits for the twilight,
saying, ‘No one will see me then.’
He hides his face so no one will know him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:16 - Thieves break into houses at night
and sleep in the daytime.
They are not acquainted with the light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:17 - The black night is their morning.
They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:18 - “But they disappear like foam down a river.
Everything they own is cursed,
and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:19 - The grave[fn] consumes sinners
just as drought and heat consume snow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:20 - Their own mothers will forget them.
Maggots will find them sweet to eat.
No one will remember them.
Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:21 - They cheat the woman who has no son to help her.
They refuse to help the needy widow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:22 - “God, in his power, drags away the rich.
They may rise high, but they have no assurance of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:23 - They may be allowed to live in security,
but God is always watching them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:24 - And though they are great now,
in a moment they will be gone like all others,
cut off like heads of grain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:25 - Can anyone claim otherwise?
Who can prove me wrong?”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Sheol.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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