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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?