2 So much foolish talk cannot go unanswered. 3 Your words have silenced others and made them ashamed; now it is only right for you to be put to shame. 4 You claim to be innocent and argue that your beliefs are acceptable to God. 5 But I wish he would speak 6 and let you know that wisdom has many different sides. You would then discover that God has punished you less than you deserve.
7 Can you understand the mysteries surrounding God All-Powerful? 8 They are higher than the heavens and deeper than the grave. So what can you do when you know so little, 9 and these mysteries outreach the earth and the ocean?
10 If God puts you in prison or drags you to court, what can you do? 11 God has the wisdom to know when someone is worthless and sinful, 12 but it’s easier to tame a wild donkey than to make a fool wise.[b]
Surrender Your Heart to God
13 Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, 14 and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. 15 Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. 16 Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, 17 and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. 18 You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry. 19 You will sleep without fear and be greatly respected. 20 But those who are evil will go blind and lose their way. Their only escape is death!
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