Job 24 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 24


Job 24:1

Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that know him see his days?

Job 24:2

There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them.

Job 24:3

They drive away the ass of the fatherless; They take the widow’s ox for a pledge.

Job 24:4

They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide themselves.

Job 24:5

Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness [yieldeth] them bread for their children.

Job 24:6

They cut their provender in the field; And they glean the vintage of the wicked.

Job 24:7

They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.

Job 24:8

They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

Job 24:9

There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor;

Job 24:10

[So that] they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they carry the sheaves.

Job 24:11

They make oil within the walls of these men; They tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.

Job 24:12

From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out: Yet God regardeth not the folly.

Job 24:13

These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, Nor abide in the paths thereof.

Job 24:14

The murderer riseth with the light; He killeth the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief.

Job 24:15

The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying, No eye shall see me: And he disguiseth his face.

Job 24:16

In the dark they dig through houses: They shut themselves up in the day-time; They know not the light.

Job 24:17

For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness; For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.

Job 24:18

Swiftly they [pass away] upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards.

Job 24:19

Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [So doth] Sheol [those that] have sinned.

Job 24:20

The womb shall forget him; The worm shall feed sweetly on him; He shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.

Job 24:21

He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow.

Job 24:22

Yet [God] preserveth the mighty by his power: He riseth up that hath no assurance of life.

Job 24:23

[God] giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon; And his eyes are upon their ways.

Job 24:24

They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.

Job 24:25

And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech nothing worth?

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