Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren't going to the same place?
Does a lion roar in the forest if there's no carcass to devour? Does a young lion growl with pleasure if he hasn't caught his supper?
Does a bird fall to the ground if it hasn't been hit with a stone? Does a trap spring shut if nothing trips it?
When the alarm goes off in the city, aren't people alarmed? And when disaster strikes the city, doesn't God stand behind it?
The fact is, God, the Master, does nothing without first telling his prophets the whole story.
The lion has roared - who isn't frightened? God has spoken - what prophet can keep quiet?
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)