1 Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, why do those who know Him not see His days? 2 They remove the landmarks; they seize flocks and feed them. 3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge. 4 They turn the needy out of the way; the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 5 Behold, like wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, rising early for a prey. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children. 6 They reap his fodder in the field; and they gather the grapes of the wicked. 7 They lodge the naked without clothing, and give no covering in the cold. 8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for lack of 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 They press out oil between their walls; they tread their winepresses, and still suffer thirst. 12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries for help; yet God does not charge foolishness.
13 They are of those who rebel against the light; they know not His ways, nor stay in His paths. 14 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night he is a thief. 15 And the eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye will see me; and he puts a covering on his face. 16 In the dark they dig through houses which they had marked for themselves in the daytime; they do not know the light. 17 For the morning is to them like the shadow of death; for they know the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift on the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth; he does not behold the way of the vineyards. 19 Drought and heat eat up 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 remembered no more; and injustice shall be broken like a tree. 21 He ill-treats the women who bear no children; and does no good to the widow. 22 He also draws the mighty with his power; he rises up, and no one is sure of life. 23 He gives safety to him, and he rests on it; yet His eyes are on their ways. 24 They are lifted up for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are gathered in like all others, and are cut off like the heads of the ears of grain.
25 And if it is not so, who will make me a liar, and make my speech worth nothing?