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Job 24

Introduction

1Wickedness often goes unpunished.
17There is a secret judgment for the wicked.

Verse 1

Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
seeing
Psalms 31:15; Ecclesiastes 3:17; 8:6,7; 9:11,12; Isaiah 60:22; Daniel 2:21; Luke 21:22-24; Acts 1:7; 17:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:1; 1 Timothy 4:1; 6:15; 2 Peter 2:3; 3:7,8
they that know
Psalms 9:10; 36:10; John 17:3
not see
Genesis 7:4; 18:17,20,21; Psalms 73:16-19; Jeremiah 12:1-3; Matthew 24:38; Romans 2:5
Reciprocal: Exodus 9:5 - a set time;  Job 34:36 - his answers

Verse 2

Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
landmarks
Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17; Proverbs 22:28; 23:10; Hosea 5:10
violently
1:15,17; 5:5
feed thereof
or, feed them.
Reciprocal: Leviticus 6:4 - which he;  Job 20:19 - Because;  Proverbs 1:13 - GeneralIsaiah 3:14 - ye have eaten;  Isaiah 32:6 - empty;  Ezekiel 45:9 - exactions;  Micah 2:2 - so

Verse 3

They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
drive
22:6-9; 31:16,17; Deuteronomy 24:6,10-13,17-21; 1 Samuel 12:3
Reciprocal: Exodus 22:26 - to pledge;  Deuteronomy 24:12 - GeneralJob 6:27 - the fatherless;  Job 22:9 - widows;  Job 24:21 - doeth not;  Proverbs 1:13 - GeneralProverbs 23:10 - fatherless;  Ezekiel 18:7 - hath restored;  Ezekiel 33:15 - restore

Verse 4

They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
turn
14; 31:16; Psalms 109:16; Proverbs 22:16; 30:14; Isaiah 10:2; Ezekiel 18:12,18; 22:29; Amos 2:7; 8:4-6; Micah 2:1,2
hide
Proverbs 28:12,28; James 5:4-6

Verse 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.
wild asses
39:5-7; Jeremiah 2:24; Hosea 8:9
rising
14; Proverbs 4:16; Hosea 7:6; Micah 2:1; Zephaniah 3:3; John 18:28; Acts 23:12
the wilderness
5:5; 12:6; Genesis 16:12; 27:40
Reciprocal: Job 30:3 - fleeing into;  Proverbs 4:17 - General

Verse 6

They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
They reap
Deuteronomy 28:33,51; Judges 6:3-6; Micah 6:15
corn
Heb. mingled corn, or, dredge. they gather, etc. Heb. the wicked gather the vintage.
Reciprocal: Job 31:8 - let me;  Proverbs 4:17 - General

Verse 7

They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
the naked
10; 22:6; 31:19,20; Exodus 22:26,27; Deuteronomy 24:11-13; Isaiah 58:7; Acts 9:31
no covering
Genesis 31:40; Proverbs 31:21; *marg:
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 24:13 - deliver;  Proverbs 25:20 - that taketh;  Ecclesiastes 4:1 - and considered

Verse 8

They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
wet
Song of Solomon 5:2
embrace
Lamentations 4:5; Hebrews 11:38
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 24:13 - deliver;  Psalm 109:10 - General

Verse 9

They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
2 Kings 4:1; Nehemiah 5:5
Reciprocal: Exodus 22:26 - to pledge;  Deuteronomy 24:12 - GeneralJob 6:27 - the fatherless;  Job 22:6 - For thou;  Job 31:21 - lifted;  Proverbs 23:10 - fatherless;  Jeremiah 22:3 - do no violence;  Ezekiel 18:7 - hath restored;  Ezekiel 33:15 - restore

Verse 10

They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
they take away
Deuteronomy 24:19; Amos 2:7,8; 5:11,12
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 24:14 - GeneralJob 22:6 - stripped;  Job 24:7 - the naked;  Jeremiah 22:13 - buildeth;  Ephesians 6:9 - ye;  James 5:4 - the hire

Verse 11

Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
Deuteronomy 25:4; Jeremiah 22:13; James 5:4
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 24:14 - GeneralColossians 4:1 - give

Verse 12

Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
groan
Exodus 1:13,14; 2:23,24; 22:27; Judges 10:16; Psalms 12:5; Ecclesiastes 4:1; Isaiah 52:5
wounded
Psalms 69:26; 109:22
yet God
Psalms 50:21; Ecclesiastes 8:11,12; Malachi 2:17; 3:15; Romans 2:4,5; 2 Peter 3:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:10 - crieth;  Job 34:28 - they;  Job 35:9 - they make;  Psalm 102:20 - To hear;  Ezekiel 30:24 - he shall;  Colossians 4:1 - give

Verse 13

They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
rebel
Luke 12:47,48; John 3:19,20; 9:39-41; 15:22-24; Romans 1:32; 2:17-24; James 4:17
they know
Proverbs 4:19; John 12:35,40; Romans 3:11-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
nor abide
23:11,12; John 8:31,44; 15:6; 2 Peter 2:20-22; 1 John 2:19; Jude 1:6
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 28:8 - disguised;  1 Kings 3:20 - midnight;  Nehemiah 6:10 - in the night;  Job 24:16 - they know;  Job 30:3 - solitary;  Job 38:13 - the wicked;  Psalm 104:22 - GeneralProverbs 2:13 - walk;  Proverbs 7:9 - the twilight;  Isaiah 29:15 - and their works;  Jeremiah 23:24 - hide;  Ezekiel 8:12 - in the;  John 1:5 - GeneralJohn 13:30 - it;  Romans 2:8 - and do not;  Ephesians 5:11 - works

Verse 14

The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
murderer
2 Samuel 11:14-17; Psalms 10:8-10; Micah 2:1,2; Ephesians 5:7-11
in the night
Luke 12:39; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; Revelation 3:3
Reciprocal: Exodus 22:2 - breaking;  Judges 9:32 - by night;  2 Samuel 3:34 - wicked men;  2 Samuel 15:2 - rose up;  Job 17:12 - change;  Job 24:4 - turn;  Job 24:5 - rising;  Psalm 17:3 - thou hast;  Psalm 91:5 - terror;  Romans 13:12 - works

Verse 15

The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
eye
Exodus 20:14; 2 Samuel 11:4-13; 12:12; Psalms 50:18; Proverbs 6:32-35; 7:9,10
No eye
22:13,14; Psalms 10:11; 73:11; 94:7; Ezekiel 8:12; 9:9
disguiseth his face
Heb. setteth his face in secret. Or, "putteth a covering on his face;" probably the hood of the burnoose, or cloak, which the Arabs sometimes throw over their other garments.
Genesis 38:14,15
Reciprocal: Genesis 39:11 - none of the men;  2 Chronicles 18:29 - I will disguise;  Job 31:9 - if I;  Luke 12:3 - whatsoever

Verse 16

In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
In the dark
Exodus 22:2,3; Ezekiel 12:5-7,12; Matthew 24:43
they know
13; 38:12,13; John 3:20; Ephesians 5:11-13
Reciprocal: Job 31:9 - if I

Verse 17

For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
in the terrors
3:5; Psalms 73:18,19; Jeremiah 2:26; 2 Corinthians 5:10,11; Revelation 6:16,17
Reciprocal: Job 12:22 - bringeth;  Job 18:14 - the king;  Job 34:22 - nor;  Psalm 23:4 - through;  Ezekiel 12:6 - cover;  Hebrews 2:15 - through

Verse 18

He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
swift
Psalms 58:7; 73:18-20; Isaiah 23:10
their portion
Deuteronomy 28:16-20; Psalms 69:22; Proverbs 3:33; Malachi 2:2

Verse 19

Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
Drought
6:15-17
consume
Heb. violently take. so doth.
21:23,32-34; Psalms 49:14; 58:8,9; 68:2; Proverbs 14:32; Ecclesiastes 9:4-6; Luke 12:20; Luke 16:22
Reciprocal: Isaiah 14:11 - the worm

Verse 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.
the worm
17:14; 19:26
he shall be
Proverbs 10:7; Ecclesiastes 8:10; Isaiah 26:14
wickedness
14:7-10; 18:16,17; Daniel 4:14; Matthew 3:10
Reciprocal: Job 7:5 - flesh;  Job 19:10 - mine hope;  Psalm 49:14 - death;  Psalm 73:4 - no;  Isaiah 14:11 - the worm

Verse 21

He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
evil
1 Samuel 1:6,7
doeth not
3; 29:13; 31:16-18
Reciprocal: Job 22:9 - widows;  Ecclesiastes 8:14 - there be just

Verse 22

He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
draweth
Esther 3:8-10; Daniel 6:4-9; John 19:12-16; Revelation 16:13,14; 17:2
no man is sure of life
or, he trusteth not his own life.

Verse 23

Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
it be given
Psalms 73:3-12; Jeremiah 12:1-3
whereon
Ecclesiastes 8:11; Isaiah 10:8-11; 56:12; Luke 12:16-20,45; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
yet his eyes
Psalms 10:13,14; 11:4,5; Proverbs 5:21; 15:3; 25:21-23; Ecclesiastes 5:8; Amos 8:7; 9:2; Habakkuk 1:13; Revelation 2:23

Verse 24

They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
are exalted
20:5; Psalms 37:10,35,36; 73:19; 92:7; James 1:11; 5:1-3
gone
Heb. not.
8:22; *marg:
taken out
Heb. closed up. cut off.
Isaiah 17:5,6; Revelation 14:14-20
Reciprocal: Judges 12:6 - Shibboleth;  Job 27:19 - he is not;  Psalm 90:10 - for;  Isaiah 37:36 - and when

Verse 25

And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
who will make
9:24; 11:2,3; 15:2 Reciprocal: Job 6:25 - what doth;  Job 32:3 - because;  Job 38:2 - General2 Corinthians 12:6 - I will;  1 John 1:10 - we make;  1 John 5:10 - hath made

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/job-24.html.