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Job 24 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 24

Why are times not set by the Almighty,
    and why do his friends not see his days?[a]
People remove landmarks;
    they steal herds and pasture them.
The donkeys of orphans they drive away;
    they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
They force the needy off the road;
    all the poor of the land are driven into hiding.
Like wild donkeys in the wilderness,
    they go forth to their task of seeking prey;
    the steppe provides food for their young;
They harvest fodder in the field,
    and glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
They pass the night naked, without clothing;
    they have no covering against the cold;
They are drenched with rain from the mountains,
    and for want of shelter they cling to the rock.
Orphans are snatched from the breast,
    infants of the needy are taken in pledge.[b]
10 They go about naked, without clothing,
    and famished, they carry the sheaves.[c]
11 Between the rows they press out the oil;
    they tread the wine presses, yet are thirsty.
12 In the city the dying groan,
    and the souls of the wounded cry out.
    Yet God does not treat it as a disgrace!
13 They are rebels against the light:
    they do not recognize its ways;
    they do not stay in its paths.
14 When there is no light the murderer rises,
    to kill the poor and needy;
    in the night he acts like a thief.
15 The eye of the adulterer watches for the twilight;
    he says, “No eye will see me.”
He puts a mask over his face;
16     in the dark he breaks into houses;
By day they shut themselves in;
    they do not know the light.
17 Indeed, for all of them morning is deep darkness;
    then they recognize the terrors of deep darkness.
18 He is swift on the surface of the water:[d]
    their portion in the land is accursed,
    they do not turn aside by way of the vineyards.
19 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters,
    Sheol, those who have sinned.
20 May the womb forget him,
    may the worm find him sweet,
    may he no longer be remembered;
And may wickedness be broken like a tree.
21 May his companion be barren, unable to give birth,
    may his widow not prosper!
22 He[e] sustains the mighty by his strength,
    to him who rises without assurance of his life
23     he gives safety and support,
    and his eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted for a while, and then are no more;
    laid low, like everyone else they are gathered up;
    like ears of grain they shrivel.
25 If this be not so, who can make me a liar,
    and reduce my words to nothing?


  1. 24:1 After his failure to find God, Job takes up the question: Why does God not favor his friends by the speedy punishment of his enemies?
  2. 24:9 This verse continues the description of the plight of the poor in vv. 2–4, and may belong there.
  3. 24:10 This verse is a variant of v. 7, and may be an erroneous scribal repetition.
  4. 24:18–24 These verses are inconsistent with Job’s views elsewhere. Moreover, they are in general poorly preserved, and in some cases obscure.
  5. 24:22 He: God.
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Job 24 New International Version (NIV)

24 “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?
    Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
There are those who move boundary stones;
    they pasture flocks they have stolen.
They drive away the orphan’s donkey
    and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
They thrust the needy from the path
    and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
Like wild donkeys in the desert,
    the poor go about their labor of foraging food;
    the wasteland provides food for their children.
They gather fodder in the fields
    and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked;
    they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.
They are drenched by mountain rains
    and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.
The fatherless child is snatched from the breast;
    the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked;
    they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.
11 They crush olives among the terraces[a];
    they tread the winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The groans of the dying rise from the city,
    and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.
    But God charges no one with wrongdoing.

13 “There are those who rebel against the light,
    who do not know its ways
    or stay in its paths.
14 When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up,
    kills the poor and needy,
    and in the night steals forth like a thief.
15 The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk;
    he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’
    and he keeps his face concealed.
16 In the dark, thieves break into houses,
    but by day they shut themselves in;
    they want nothing to do with the light.
17 For all of them, midnight is their morning;
    they make friends with the terrors of darkness.

18 “Yet they are foam on the surface of the water;
    their portion of the land is cursed,
    so that no one goes to the vineyards.
19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow,
    so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.
20 The womb forgets them,
    the worm feasts on them;
the wicked are no longer remembered
    but are broken like a tree.
21 They prey on the barren and childless woman,
    and to the widow they show no kindness.
22 But God drags away the mighty by his power;
    though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security,
    but his eyes are on their ways.
24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;
    they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
    they are cut off like heads of grain.

25 “If this is not so, who can prove me false
    and reduce my words to nothing?”


  1. Job 24:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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