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1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

2 Some remoue the land marks, that rob the flockes and feede thereof.

3 They leade away the asse of the fatherles: and take the widowes oxe to pledge.

4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

5 Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.

6 They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.

7 They cause the naked to lodge without garment, and without couering in the colde.

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 of the poor.

10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and take the glening from the hungrie.

11 [Which] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.

12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly [to them].

13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

14 The murtherer riseth earely & killeth the poore and the needie: and in the night he is as a theefe.

15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face.

16 They digge through houses in the darke, which they marked for themselues in the daye: they knowe not the light.

17 But the morning is euen to them as the shadow of death: if one knowe them, they are in the terrours of the shadowe of death.

18 He [is] swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [so doth] the grave [those which] 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 entreateth the barren [that] beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no [man] is sure of life.

23 Though men giue him assurance to be in safetie, yet his eyes are vpon their wayes.

24 They are exalted for a litle, but they are gone, and are brought lowe as all others: they are destroyed, and cut off as the toppe of an eare of corne.

25 And if [it be] not [so] now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?