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Job’s Eighth Speech, Continued
1“Why are not times kept by Shaddai,
and why do not those who know him see his days?
2They#Or “Some” (NASU, ESV) or “Men” (NIV, NET) remove border stones;
they seize flocks, and they pasture them.
3They drive away the donkey of orphans;
they take the widow’s ox as a pledge.
4They thrust the poor off the road;
the needy of the earth hide themselves together.#Or “altogether”
5“Look, like wild donkeys in the desert
they#That is, the poor go out to their labor as searchers for the prey;
the wilderness is#Or “provides” their#Hebrew “for their” food for the young.
6They reap their#Hebrew “his” fodder in the field,
and they glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7They spend the night naked, without#Literally “from not” clothing,
and they have no garment in the cold.
8They are wet from the rainstorm of the mountains,#Or “from the mountain rainstorm”
and they cling to the rock without#Literally “from not” refuge.
9“They#That is, those who oppress the poor snatch the orphan from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the needy.#Or “And they take the child of the needy as a pledge”
10They#That is, the poor go about naked, without clothing,
and hungry, they carry the sheaves.#Or “and they carry the sheaves though hungry”
11Between their terraces they press out oil;
they tread the presses, but#Hebrew “and” they are thirsty.
12From the city people groan,
and the throat#Or “soul,” or “inner self” of the wounded cries for help;
yet#Hebrew “and” God does not regard it as unseemly.#Literally “he puts offensiveness”
13“Those are among the ones rebelling against the light;
they do not recognize his ways,
and they do not stay in his paths.
14At dusk#Literally “At the light” the murderer rises;
he kills the needy and the poor,
and in the night he is like a#Or “the” thief.
15And the eye of the adulterer waits for dusk,
saying, ‘No eye will see me,’#Literally “ ‘An eye will not see me’ ”
and he places a covering on his face.
16He digs through houses in the darkness;
by day they shut themselves in—
they do not know the light
17because morning likewise is to them deep darkness;
indeed, they know about the terrors of deep darkness.
18“He himself#Emphatic personal pronoun is swift on the water’s surface;
their portion is cursed in the land.
No one turns toward the path of their vineyards.#Literally “He does not turn toward the path of the vineyard”
19Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters,
like Sheol snatches away those#Or “they/them” who have sinned.
20The womb forgets him.
The maggot feasts on him until he is no longer remembered,
and wickedness is broken like a#Or “the” tree.
21He feeds on the barren, who does not have a child,
and does no good to the widow.
22Yet#Hebrew “And” he#The probable antecedent is God carries off the tyrants by his strength;
if he rises up, then#Hebrew “and” he#The antecedent of the singular here probably changes to the wicked person cannot be certain of life.#Hebrew “the life”
23He#The probable antecedent is God gives security to him, and he is#Or “they are” supported,
but#Hebrew “and” his eyes are upon their ways.
24They are exalted a little while, then#Literally “and” they are gone.#Literally “he is not”
And they are brought low; they are cut off like all others,
and like the heads of grain they wither away.
25“And if it is not so, then who can prove me a liar
and reduce my word to nothing?”
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