2 I am desperate because God All-Powerful refuses to do what is right. As surely as God lives, 3 and while he gives me breath, 4 I will tell only the truth. 5 Until the day I die, I will refuse to do wrong by saying you are right, 6 because each day my conscience agrees that I am innocent.
7 I pray that my enemies will suffer no less than the wicked. 8 Such people are hopeless, and God All-Powerful will cut them down, 9 without listening when they beg for mercy. 10 And that is what God should do, because they don’t like him or ever pray. 11 Now I will explain in detail what God All-Powerful does. 12 All of you have seen these things for yourselves. So you have no excuse.
How God Treats the Wicked
13 Here is how God All-Powerful treats those who are wicked and brutal. 14 They may have many children, but most of them will go hungry or suffer a violent death. 15 Others will die of disease, and their widows won’t be able to weep. 16 The wicked may collect riches and clothes in abundance as easily as clay. 17 But God’s people will wear clothes taken from them and divide up their riches. 18 No homes built by the wicked will outlast a cocoon or a shack. 19 Those sinners may go to bed rich, but they will wake up poor.[a] 20 Terror will strike at night like a flood or a storm. 21 Then a scorching wind will sweep them away 22 without showing mercy, as they try to escape. 23 At last, the wind will celebrate because they are gone.
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