Douay-Rheims Bible

Job 24

Wickedness goeth often unpunished.

Job 24:1 Times are not hid from the Almighty: but they that know him, know not his days. Job 24:2 Some have removed landmarks, have taken away flocks by force, and fed them. Job 24:3 They have driven away the ass of the fatherless, and have taken away the widow's ox for a pledge. Job 24:4 They have overturned the way of the poor, and have oppressed together the meek of the earth. Job 24:5 Others like wild asses in the desert go forth to their work: by watching for a prey they get bread for their children. Job 24:6 They reap the field that is not their own, and gather the vintage of his vineyard whom by violence they have oppressed. Job 24:7 They send men away naked, taking away their clothes who have no covering in the cold: Job 24:8 Who are wet, with the showers of the mountains, and having no covering embrace the stones. Job 24:9 They have violently robbed the fatherless, and stripped the poor common people. Job 24:10 From the naked and them that go without clothing, and from the hungry they have taken away the ears of corn. Job 24:11 They have taken their rest at noon among the stores of them, who after having trodden the winepresses suffer thirst. Job 24:12 Out of the cities they have made men to groan, and the soul of the wounded hath cried out, and God doth not suffer it to pass unrevenged. Job 24:13 They have been rebellious to the light, they have not known his ways, neither have they returned by his paths. Job 24:14 The murderer riseth at the very break of day, he killeth the needy, and the poor man: but in the night he will be as a thief. Job 24:15 The eye of the adulterer observeth darkness, saying: No eye shall see me: and he will cover his face. Job 24:16 He diggeth through houses in the dark, as in the day they had appointed for themselves, and they have not known the light.

There is a secret judgment for the wicked.

Job 24:17 If the morning suddenly appear, it is to them the shadow of death: and they walk in darkness as if it were in light. Job 24:18 He is light upon the face of the water: cursed be his portion on the earth, let him not walk by the way of the vineyards. Job 24:19 Let him pass from the snow waters to excessive heat, and his sin even to hell. Job 24:20 Let mercy forget him: may worms be his sweetness: let him be remembered no more, but be broken in pieces as an unfruitful tree. Job 24:21 For he hath fed the barren that beareth not, and to the widow he hath done no good. Job 24:22 He hath pulled down the strong by his might: and when he standeth up, he shall not trust to his life. Job 24:23 God hath given him place for penance, and he abuseth it unto pride: but his eyes are upon his ways. Job 24:24 They are lifted up for a little while and shall not stand, and shall be brought down as all things, and shall be taken away, and as the tops of the ears of corn they shall be broken. Job 24:25 And if it be not so, who can convince me that I have lied, and set my words before God?

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