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Why are not times treasured up with the Almighty?
why do not they that know him see his days?
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They remove the landmarks;
they violently take away the flocks and pasture them;
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They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge;
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They turn the needy out of the way: the afflicted of the land all hide themselves.
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Lo, [as] wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking early for the prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] them food for [their] children.
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They reap in the field the fodder thereof, and they gather the vintage of the wicked;
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They pass the night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold;
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They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and for want of a shelter embrace the rock
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They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor:
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These go naked without clothing, and, hungry, they bear the sheaf;
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They press out oil within their walls, they tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
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Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out;
and +God imputeth not the impiety.
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There are those that rebel against the light;
they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
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The murderer riseth with the light, killeth the afflicted and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
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And the eye of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me;
and he putteth a covering on [his] face.
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In the dark they dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves in;
they know not the light:
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For the morning is to them all [as] the shadow of death;
for they are familiar with the terrors of the shadow of death.
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He is swift on the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed on the earth: he turneth not unto the way of the vineyards.
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Drought and heat consume snow waters;
so doth Sheol those that have sinned.
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The womb forgetteth him;
the worm feedeth sweetly on him: he shall be no more remembered;
and unrighteousness is broken as a tree, —
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He that despoileth the barren that beareth not, and doeth not good to the widow:
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He draweth also the mighty with his power;
he riseth up, and no [man] is sure of life.
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[God] setteth him in safety, and he resteth thereon;
but his eyes are upon their ways.
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They are exalted for a little, and are no more;
they are laid low;
like all [other] are they gathered, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
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If it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?