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24 Why does the Almighty not reserve times for judgment?u

Why do those who know him never see his days?

The wicked displace boundary markers.

They steal a flock and provide pasture for it.

They drive away the donkeys owned by the fatherlessv

and take the widow’s ox as collateral.

They push the needy off the road;

the poor of the land are forced into hiding.w

Like wild donkeys in the wilderness,

the poor go out to their task of foraging for food;

the desert provides nourishment for their children.

They gather their fodder in the field

and glean the vineyards of the wicked.

Without clothing, they spend the night naked,

having no covering against the cold.x

Drenched by mountain rains,

they huddle againstA the rocks, shelterless.

The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast;

the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral.B

10 Without clothing, they wander about naked.

They carry sheaves but go hungry.a

11 They crush olives in their presses;C

they tread the winepresses, but go thirsty.

12 From the city, menD groan;

the mortally wounded cry for help,

yet God pays no attention to this crime.b

13 The wicked are those who rebel against the light.

They do not recognize its ways

or stay on its paths.

14 The murderer rises at dawn

to kill the poor and needy,

and by night he becomes a thief.

15 The adulterer’s eye watches for twilight,

thinking, “No eye will see me,”

and he covers his face.

16 In the dark they breakE into houses;

by day they lock themselves in,F

never experiencing the light.

17 For the morning is like darkness to them.

Surely they are familiar with the terrors of darkness!

18 They floatG on the surface of the water.

Their section of the land is cursed,

so that they never go to their vineyards.

19 As dry ground and heat snatch away the melted snow,

so Sheolc steals those who have sinned.

20 The womb forgets them;

worms feed on them;

they are rememberedd no more.

So injustice is broken like a tree.

21 They prey onH the childless woman who is unable to conceive,

and do not deal kindly with the widow.

22 Yet God drags awayI the mighty by his power;

when he rises up, they have no assurance of life.

23 He gives them a sense of security, so they can rely on it,e

but his eyesf watch over their ways.

24 They are exalted for a moment, then gone;

they are brought low and shrivel up like everything else.J

They wither like heads of grain.g

25 If this is not true, then who can prove me a liarh

and show that my speech is worthless?


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

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The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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