9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
9 The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
9 (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)
9 Nursing mothers have their babies snatched from them; the infants of the poor are kidnapped and sold.
9 "Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.
9 "The wicked snatch a widow's child from her breast, taking the baby as security for a loan.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 24:9
Commentary on Job 24:1-12
(Read Job 24:1-12)
Job discourses further about the prosperity of the wicked. That many live at ease who are ungodly and profane, he had showed, ch. xxi. Here he shows that many who live in open defiance of all the laws of justice, succeed in wicked practices; and we do not see them reckoned with in this world. He notices those that do wrong under pretence of law and authority; and robbers, those that do wrong by force. He says, "God layeth not folly to them;" that is, he does not at once send his judgments, nor make them examples, and so manifest their folly to all the world. But he that gets riches, and not by right, at his end shall be a fool, Jeremiah 17:11.