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10 That is why you are surrounded by traps
    and tremble from sudden fears.

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The wicked walk into a net.
    They fall into a pit.
A trap grabs them by the heel.
    A snare holds them tight.
10 A noose lies hidden on the ground.
    A rope is stretched across their path.

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21 Remove your heavy hand from me,
    and don’t terrify me with your awesome presence.

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For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows.
    Their poison infects my spirit.
    God’s terrors are lined up against me.

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When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

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27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
    and anguish and distress overwhelm you.

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He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,
    punishing them with scorching winds.

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But it is God who has wronged me,
    capturing me in his net.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 19:6 Or for I am like a city under siege.

25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
    or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
26 for the Lord is your security.
    He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

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