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? 2: The landmarks are changed by evil men, they violently take away flocks, together with their keepers. 3: They send away the ass of him who has no father, they take the widow's ox for debt. 4: The crushed are turned out of the way; all the poor of the earth go into a secret place together. 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. 6: They get mixed grain from the field, and they take away the late fruit from the vines of those who have wealth. 7: They take their rest at night without clothing, and have no cover in the cold. 8: They are wet with the rain of the mountains, and get into the cracks of the rock for cover. 9: The child without a father is forced from its mother's breast, and they take the young children of the poor for debt. 10: Others go about without clothing, and though they have no food, they get in the grain from the fields. 11: Between the lines of olive-trees they make oil; though they have no drink, they are crushing out the grapes. 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. 13: Then there are those who are haters of the light, who have no knowledge of its ways, and do not go in them. 14: He who is purposing death gets up before day, so that he may put to death the poor and those in need. 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; 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. 17: For the middle of the night is as morning to them, they are not troubled by the fear of the dark. 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. 19: Snow waters become dry with the heat: so do sinners go down into the underworld. 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. 21: He is not kind to the widow, and he has no pity for her child. 22: But God by his power gives long life to the strong; he gets up again, though he has no hope of life. 23: He takes away his fear of danger and gives him support; and his eyes are on his ways. 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. 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?