1“Times are not hidden from the Almighty, and why have not those who know Him seen His days?
2They remove landmarks; they rob and feed on flocks;
3they drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow’s ox as a pledge;
4they turn the needy out of the way; the poor of the earth have hidden together.
5See, as wild donkeys in the wilderness they go about their tasks, eager seekers for prey; the desert gives his bread, for the children.
6They reap his fodder in a field and they glean the vineyard of the wrong.
7They spend the night naked, without a garment, and without covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the showers of the hills, and have embraced a rock for lack of shelter.
9They snatch away the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge from the poor;
10naked, they shall go about without a garment; and hungry, they shall take away sheaves.
11They press out oil within their walls; winepresses they shall tread, yet suffer thirst.
12Men groan in the city, and the beings of the wounded cry out, and Eloah does not regard it as foolish.
13They have become rebels against the light; they have not known His ways nor remained in His paths.
14The murderer rises at daylight, he slays the poor and needy, and in the night he is as a thief.
15And the eye of the adulterer watches for dusk, saying, ‘No eye sees me.’ And he puts a covering on the face.
16In the dark he has broken into houses; by day they shut themselves up; they have not known light.
17For all of them morning is the same as the shadow of death, when he discerns the extreme fears of the shadow of death.
18He is swift on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth; he does not turn into the way of vineyards.
19Drought and heat snatch away snow waters – the grave those who have sinned.
20The womb forgets him, the worm feeds sweetly on him; he is remembered no more, and wickedness is broken like a tree;
21treating evil the barren who does not bear, and does no good for the widow.
22But He draws the mighty away with His power – He rises up, and no one is certain of life.
23He gives him safety, and he leans on it; yet His eyes are on their ways.
24They are lifted up for a little while, then they are gone, then they shall be brought low. Like all else they are gathered up, and they are cut off like the heads of grain.
25And if it is not so, who does prove me a liar, and make my word worthless?”
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