1 Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, why do those who know Him not see
2 Some remove landmarks; they seize flocks and feed on them;
3 they drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox as a pledge.
4 They thrust away the needy out of the road; the poor of the land have been forced into
5 Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, they go out to their work, searching for food.
The wilderness yields food for them and for their young.
6 They gather their fodder in the field and glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7 They lodge the naked without clothing, with no covering against the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and hug the rock for want of shelter.
9 They seize the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause them to go naked, without clothing; and they take away the sheaves from
11 They press out oil within their walls, and tread winepresses, but are thirsty.
12 Men groan from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out; yet God does not
charge them with folly.
13 They rebel against the Light; they have not recognized its ways nor stayed in its
14 The murderer rises at daylight; he kills the poor and needy; and in the night he is like
15 The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me; and puts a
covering over his face.
16 In the dark they dig through into houses which they have marked for themselves by
day; they do not know the light.
17 For the morning is the same to them as deep darkness; they know the terrors of deep
18 They are swift on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth; they do
not turn into the way of the vineyards.
19 As drought and heat consume the snow waters, so Sheol consumes those who have
20 The womb shall forget him, the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be
remembered no more, and injustice shall be broken like a tree.
21 He mistreats the barren who do not bear, and does no good to the widow.
22 He also draws the mighty away with his strength; he rises up, but no one is sure of
23 He gives them security, and they trust in it; yet His eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, then they are gone. They are brought low; they are
all drawn together out of the way, and cut off like heads of grain.
25 And if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, and make my speech worth nothing?