24:1 Why are times not stored up by the Ruler of all, and why do those who have knowledge of him not see his days?
24:2 The landmarks are changed by evil men, they violently take away flocks, together with their keepers.
24:3 They send away the ass of him who has no father, they take the widow's ox for debt.
24:4 The crushed are turned out of the way; all the poor of the earth go into a secret place together.
24:5 Like asses in the waste land they go out to their work, looking for food with care; from the waste land they get bread for their children.
24:6 They get mixed grain from the field, and they take away the late fruit from the vines of those who have wealth.
24:7 They take their rest at night without clothing, and have no cover in the cold.
24:8 They are wet with the rain of the mountains, and get into the cracks of the rock for cover.
24:9 The child without a father is forced from its mother's breast, and they take the young children of the poor for debt.
24:10 Others go about without clothing, and though they have no food, they get in the grain from the fields.
24:11 Between the lines of olive-trees they make oil; though they have no drink, they are crushing out the grapes.
24:12 From the town come sounds of pain from those who are near death, and the soul of the wounded is crying out for help; but God does not take note of their prayer.
24:13 Then there are those who are haters of the light, who have no knowledge of its ways, and do not go in them.
24:14 He who is purposing death gets up before day, so that he may put to death the poor and those in need.
24:15 And the man whose desire is for the wife of another is waiting for the evening, saying, No eye will see me; and he puts a cover on his face. And in the night the thief goes about;
24:16 In the dark he makes holes in the walls of houses: in the daytime they are shutting themselves up, they have no knowledge of the light.
24:17 For the middle of the night is as morning to them, they are not troubled by the fear of the dark.
24:18 They go quickly on the face of the waters; their heritage is cursed in the earth; the steps of the crusher of grapes are not turned to their vine-garden.
24:19 Snow waters become dry with the heat: so do sinners go down into the underworld.
24:20 The public place of his town has no more knowledge of him, and his name has gone from the memory of men: he is rooted up like a dead tree.
24:21 He is not kind to the widow, and he has no pity for her child.
24:22 But God by his power gives long life to the strong; he gets up again, though he has no hope of life.
24:23 He takes away his fear of danger and gives him support; and his eyes are on his ways.
24:24 For a short time they are lifted up; then they are gone; they are made low, they are pulled off like fruit, and like the heads of grain they are cut off.
24:25 And if it is not so, now, who will make it clear that my words are false, and that what I say is of no value?