- Why are times not laid up by the Almighty?
And why do not they that know Him see His days?
- There are that remove the landmarks;
they violently take away flocks, and feed them.
- They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow"s ox for a pledge.
- They turn the needy out of the way;
the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
- Behold, as wild asses in the wilderness they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food;
the desert yieldeth them bread for their children.
- They cut his provender in the field;
and they despoil the vineyard of the wicked.
- They lie all night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.
- They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
- There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor;
- So that they go about naked without clothing, and being hungry they carry the sheaves;
- They make oil within the rows of these men;
they tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
- From out of the populous city men groan, and the soul of the wounded crieth out;
yet God imputeth it not for unseemliness.
- These are of them that rebel against the light;
they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
- The murderer riseth with the light, to kill the poor and needy;
and in the night he is as a thief.
- The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying: "No eye shall see me";
and he putteth a covering on his face.
- In the dark they dig through houses;
they shut themselves up in the day-time;
they know not the light.
- For the shadow of death is to all of them as the morning;
for they know the terrors of the shadow of death.
- He is swift upon the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed in the earth;
he turneth not by the way of the vineyards.
- Drought and heat consume the snow waters;
so doth the nether-world those that have sinned.
- The womb forgetteth him;
the worm feedeth sweetly on him;
he shall be no more remembered;
and unrighteousness is broken as a tree.
- He devoureth the barren that beareth not;
and doeth not good to the widow.
- He draweth away the mighty also by his power;
he riseth up, and he trusteth not his own life.
- Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth, yet His eyes are upon their ways.
- They are exalted for a little while, and they are gone;
yea, they are brought low, they are gathered in as all others, and wither as the tops of the ears of corn.
- And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?