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

2. [Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof].

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, [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 clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold.

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 they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;

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 murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

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

16. In the dark they dig through houses, [which] they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

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.

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] it be given him [to be] in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes [are] upon their ways.

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.

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

Livros sugeridos

“Quando ofendemos a justiça de Deus, apelamos à Sua misericórdia. Mas se ofendemos a Sua misericórdia, a quem podemos apelar? Ofender o Pai que nos ama e insultar quem nos auxilia é um pecado pelo qual seremos severamente julgados.” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina


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