1 Wherefore were not times hidden from the Almighty,? and they knowing him saw not his days. 2 They will remove the bound; they will strip off the flock, and they will feed. 3 They will lead away the ass of the orphans, and they will take for pledge, the widow's ox. 4 They will turn the needy from the Way: the poor of the earth hid themselves together. 5 Behold, wild asses in the desert will go forth in their work, seeking for prey: the sterile region bread for him, and for the young. 6 In the field they will harvest his meslin, and they will glean the vintage of the unjust one. 7 They will cause the naked to lodge without clothing, and no covering in the cold. 8 They will be wet from the pouring rains of the mountains, and they embraced the rock from no shelter. 9 They will strip the orphan from the breast, and take a pledge for the poor. 10 They caused the naked to go without clothing, and from the hungry they took away the sheaf; 11 Between their walls they will press out oil; they trod their wine-presses, and they will thirst 12 From the city men will groan, and the soul of the wounded will cry out: and God will not set folly.
13 They were among the rebels of light; they knew not his ways, and they dwelt not in his beaten paths. 14 The murderer will rise by light; he will kill the poor and needy; and in the night he will be as a thief. 15 And the eye of the adulterer watched the twilight, saying, Eye shall not perceive me: and secretly he will set the face. 16 To break through houses in darkness in the day they shut up for themselves: they knew not light 17 For the morning altogether to them the shadow of death: if it shall be known, the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift upon the face of the waters; their portion will be cursed in the earth: he will not see the way of the vineyards. 19 Dryness, also heat, will strip the snow waters: hades him sinning. 20 The womb shall forget him; the worm sucked him; he shall be no more remembered: and iniquity shall be broken as a tree. 21 He did evil to the barren; she will not bear: andhewill not do good to the widow. 22 And he drew the mighty in his power: he will rise up and none shall be sure in living. 23 It will he given to him for confidence, and he will rest upon: and his eyes upon their ways. 24 They were lifted up a little while, and they are not, and they were brought low; as all they will be drawn together, and as the head of an ear of grain they shall be cut off.