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Chapter 23 11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

Chapter 24 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.