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]?
2 “Some remove the landmarks;
They [violently] seize and pasture flocks [appropriating land and flocks openly].
3 “They drive away the donkeys of the orphans;
They take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4 “They crowd the needy off the road;
The poor of the land all hide themselves.
5 “Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert,
The poor go to their work, diligently seeking food;
As bread for their children in the desert.
6 “They harvest their fodder in a field [that is not their own],
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
7 “They spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
8 “They are wet from the rain of the mountains
And cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9 “Others snatch the fatherless [infants] from the breast [to sell or make them slaves],
And against the poor they take a pledge [of clothing].
10 “They cause the poor to go about naked without clothing,
And they take away the sheaves [of grain] from the hungry.
11 “Within the walls [of the wicked] the poor make [olive] oil;
They tread [the grapes in] the wine presses, but thirst.
12 “From 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.
14 “The murderer rises at dawn;
He kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he becomes a thief.
15 “The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me,’
And he covers his face.
16 “In the dark they dig into [the penetrable walls of] houses;
They shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light [of day].
17 “For 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.
19 “Drought and heat consume the snow waters;
So does Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) [consume] those who have sinned.
20 “A 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].
21 “He preys on the barren (childless) woman
And does no good for the widow.
22 “Yet God draws away the mighty by His power;
He rises, but no one has assurance of life.
23 “God gives them security, and they are supported;
And His eyes are on their ways.
24 “They 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.
25 “And if this is not so, who can prove me a liar
And make my speech worthless?”