2 What use are we humans to God, even the wisest of us? 3 If you were completely sinless, that would still mean nothing to God All-Powerful. 4 Is he correcting you for worshiping him? 5 No! It’s because of your terrible sins. 6 To guarantee payment of a debt, you have taken clothes from the poor. 7 And you refused bread and water to the hungry and thirsty, 8 although you were rich, respected, and powerful. 9 You have turned away widows and have broken the arms of orphans. 10 That’s why you were suddenly trapped by terror, 11 blinded by darkness, and drowned in a flood.
God Lives in the Heavens
12 God lives in the heavens above the highest stars, where he sees everything. 13 Do you think the deep darkness hides you from God? 14 Do thick clouds cover his eyes, as he walks around heaven’s dome high above the earth? 15 Give up those ancient ideas believed by sinners, 16 who were swept away without warning. 17 They rejected God All-Powerful, feeling he was helpless, 18 although he had been kind to their families. The beliefs of these sinners are truly disgusting. 19 When God’s people see the godless swept away, they celebrate, 20 saying, “Our enemies are gone, and fire has destroyed their possessions.”
Surrender to God All-Powerful
21 Surrender to God All-Powerful! You will find peace and prosperity. 22 Listen to his teachings and take them to heart. 23 If you return to God and turn from sin, all will go well for you. 24 So get rid of your finest gold, as though it were sand. 25 Let God All-Powerful be your silver and gold, 26 and you will find happiness by worshiping him. 27 God will answer your prayers, and you will keep the promises you made to him. 28 He will do whatever you ask, and life will be bright. 29 When others are disgraced, God will clear their names in answer to your prayers. 30 Even those who are guilty will be forgiven, because you obey God.[b]
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