Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs
1“Why does the Almighty not set seasons for judgment?
Why do those who know Him not see His days [for punishment of the wicked]?
2Some remove the landmarks;
They [violently] seize and pasture flocks [appropriating land and flocks openly].
3They drive away the donkeys of the orphans;
They take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They crowd the needy off the road;
The poor of the land all hide themselves.
5Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert,
The poor go to their work, diligently seeking food;
As bread for their children in the desert.
6They harvest their fodder in a field [that is not their own],
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
7They spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
8They are wet from the rain of the mountains
And cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9Others snatch the fatherless [infants] from the breast [to sell or make them slaves],
And against the poor they take a pledge [of clothing].
10They cause the poor to go about naked without clothing,
And they take away the sheaves [of grain] from the hungry.
11Within the walls [of the wicked] the poor make [olive] oil;
They tread [the grapes in] the wine presses, but thirst.
12From the [populous and crowded] city men groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry out for help;
Yet God [seemingly] does not pay attention to the wrong [done to them].
13“Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor stay in its paths.
14The murderer rises at dawn;
He kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he becomes a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me,’
And he covers his face.
16In the dark they dig into [the penetrable walls of] houses;
They shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light [of day].
17For the morning is the same to him as the thick darkness [of midnight];
For he is familiar with the terrors of thick darkness.
18“They are insignificant on the surface of the water;
Their portion is cursed on the earth;
They do not turn toward the vineyards.
19Drought and heat consume the snow waters;
So does Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) [consume] those who have sinned.
20A mother will forget him;
The worm feeds on him until he is no longer remembered.
And wickedness will be broken like a tree [which cannot be restored].
21He preys on the barren (childless) woman
And does no good for the widow.
22Yet God draws away the mighty by His power;
He rises, but no one has assurance of life.
23God gives them security, and they are supported;
And His eyes are on their ways.
24They are exalted for a little while, and then they are gone;
Moreover, they are brought low and like everything [they are] gathered up and taken out of the way;
Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.
25And if this is not so, who can prove me a liar
And make my speech worthless?”