1Why does Shaddai not make known the times he has fixed; why do his faithful never see his Days? 2The wicked move boundary-marks away, they carry off flock and shepherd. 3They drive away the orphan's donkey, as security, they seize the widow's ox. 4The needy have to keep out of the way, poor country people have to keep out of sight. 5Like wild desert donkeys, they go out to work, searching from dawn for food, and at evening forsomething on which to feed their children. 6They go harvesting in the field of some scoundrel, they go pilfering in the vineyards of the wicked. 7They spend the night naked, lacking clothes, with no covering against the cold. 8Mountain rainstorms cut them through, unsheltered, they hug the rocks. 9The orphan child is torn from the breast, the child of the poor is exacted as security. 10They go about naked, lacking clothes, and starving while they carry the sheaves. 11Two little wal s, their shelter at high noon; parched with thirst, they have to tread the winepress. 12From the towns come the groans of the dying and the gasp of the wounded crying for help. Yet Godremains deaf to prayer! 13In contrast, there are those who reject the light: who know nothing of its ways and who do notfrequent its paths. 14When all is dark the murderer leaves his bed to kil the poor and needy. During the night the thiefgoes on the prowl, 15The eye of the adulterer watches for twilight, 'No one wil see me,' he mutters as he masks his face.Inthe daytime they keep out of sight, these people who do not want to know the light. 16breaking into houses while the darkness lasts. 17For al of them, morning is a time of shadow dark as death, since that is when they know what fear is. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25Is this not so? Who can prove me a liar or show that my words have no substance?
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