And the very ones knowing him have not beheld his days?+
A drove they have snatched away, that they may shepherd [it].*
At the same time the afflicted of the earth have kept themselves hidden.
They have gone forth in their activity, looking for food.
The desert plain [gives] to each one bread for the boys.
6 In the field its fodder they harvest,
And the vineyard of the wicked one they hastily despoil.
8 From the rainstorm of the mountains they get drenched,
And because there is no shelter+ they have to hug a rock.
And what is on the afflicted one they take as a pledge.+
Winepresses they have to tread, and yet they go thirsty.+
12 From out of the city the dying keep groaning,
And the soul of deadly wounded ones cries for help;+
They did not recognize its ways,
And they did not dwell in its roadways.
14 At daylight the murderer gets up,
He proceeds to slay the afflicted and the poor one;+
Saying, ‘No eye will behold me!’+
And over his face he puts a covering.
16 In the darkness he has dug into houses;
By day they must keep themselves locked in.
They have not known daylight.+
For they recognize what the sudden terrors of deep shadow are.
18 He is swift on the surface of the waters.
Their tract of land will be cursed in the earth.+
He will not turn toward the way of the vineyards.
He will be remembered no more.+
And unrighteousness will be broken just like a tree.+
21 He is having dealings with a barren woman who does not bear,
And with a widow,+ to whom he does no good.
22 And he will certainly draw away strong people by his power;
He will rise up and not be sure of his life.*
And his eyes will be upon their ways.+
And they have been brought low;+ like everyone else they are plucked off,
And like the head of an ear of grain they are cut off.
25 So really now, who will make me out a liar
Or reduce my word to nothing?”