2 How long will you talk and keep saying nothing? 3 Does God All-Powerful stand in the way of justice? 4 He made your children pay for their sins. 5 So why don’t you turn to him 6 and start living right? Then he will decide to rescue and restore you to your place of honor. 7 Your future will be brighter by far than your past.
Our Ancestors Were Wise
8 Our ancestors were wise, so learn from them. 9 Our own time has been short, like a fading shadow, and we know very little. 10 But they will instruct you with great understanding.
11 Papyrus reeds grow healthy only in a swamp, 12 and if the water dries up, they die sooner than grass. 13 Such is the hopeless future of all who turn from God 14 and trust in something as frail as a spider’s web— 15 they take hold and fall because it’s so flimsy. 16 Sinful people are like plants with spreading roots and plenty of sun and water. 17 They wrap their roots tightly around rocks.[b] 18 But once they are pulled up, they have no more place; 19 their life slips away,[c] and other plants grow there.
20 We know God doesn’t reject an innocent person or help a sinner. 21 And so, he will make you happy and give you something to smile about. 22 But your evil enemies will be put to shame and disappear forever.
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