24:1 Why, seeing times [are] not hid from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? 24:2 [Some] remove the landmarks: they violently take away flocks, and [their] feed. 24:3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 24:5 Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children. 24:6 They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 24:7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold. 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 24:9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. 24:10 They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry; 24:11 [Who] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] wine-presses, and suffer thirst. 24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly [to them]. 24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not its ways, nor abide in its paths. 24:14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face. 24:16 In the dark they dig through houses, [which] they had marked for themselves in the day-time: they know not the light. 24:17 For the morning [is] to them even as the shades of death: if [one] knoweth [them], [they are in] the terrors of the shades of death. 24:18 He [is] swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 24:19 Drouth and heat consume the snow-waters: [so doth] the grave [those who] have sinned. 24:20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 24:21 He oppresseth the barren [that] beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. 24:22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no [man] is sure of life. 24:23 [Though] it is given him [to be] in safety, on which he resteth; yet his eyes [are] upon their ways. 24:24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all [others], and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 24:25 And if [it is] not [so] now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech of no worth?