1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? 2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed on them. 3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. 4 They drive the needy off the road: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising early for a prey: the wilderness yields food for them and for their children. 6 They reap every one his grain in the field: and they gather the vineyard of the wicked. 7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. 8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge from the poor. 10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaves from the hungry; 11 Who make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, yet suffer thirst. 12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God charges not folly to them.
13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not its ways, nor abide in its paths. 14 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 15 The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguises his face. 16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. 17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one recognizes them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 They are swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: no one turns into the way of the vineyards. 19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so does the grave those who have sinned. 20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21 He evil treats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow. 22 He draws also the mighty with his power: he rises up, but no man is sure of life. 23 Though it be given him to be in safety, he rests; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all others, and cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.