1“Why are #Eccles. 9:12; Isa. 13:22; Jer. 27:7; Ezek. 22:3; 30:3 not times of judgment #ch. 15:20 kept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his #Isa. 2:12; 13:6, 9; Joel 1:15; 2:1; Amos 5:18; See ch. 18:20days?
2Some move #See Deut. 19:14landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
3They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they #See ch. 22:6take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4They #Amos 2:7; 5:12; Mal. 3:5 thrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth #Prov. 28:28; [ch. 30:5, 6]all hide themselves.
5Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the poor#24:5 Hebrew they #Ps. 104:23 go out to their toil, #Ps. 104:21seeking game;
the wasteland yields food for their children.
6They gather their#24:6 Hebrew his fodder in the field,
and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
7They #[Ex. 22:26, 27; Deut. 24:12, 13]lie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and #Lam. 4:5cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they #[2 Tim. 2:6; James 5:4]carry the sheaves;
11among the olive rows of the wicked#24:11 Hebrew their olive rows they make oil;
they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12From out of the city the dying#24:12 Or the men groan,
and the soul of #Jer. 51:52; Ezek. 30:24 the wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with #ch. 1:22wrong.
13“There are those who rebel #John 3:19, 20against the light,
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
14The murderer rises before it is light,
that he #[Ps. 10:8]may kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer also waits for #Prov. 7:9 the twilight,
saying, ‘No #Ps. 10:11eye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
16In the dark they #Ex. 22:2; Matt. 6:20; [ch. 31:9]dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
17For #See ch. 3:5deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
18“You say, #[ch. 9:26; Hos. 10:7]‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
so does #See ch. 21:13Sheol those who have sinned.
20The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are #[Prov. 10:7] no longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like #[ch. 18:16]a tree.’
21“They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
22Yet God#24:22 Hebrew he prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
23He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his #See Ps. 11:4; Prov. 15:3eyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted #Ps. 37:10 a little while, and then #[ch. 27:19] are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are #ch. 14:2cut off like the heads of grain.
25If it is #[ch. 9:24]not so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?”