I looked at the earth - it was back to pre-Genesis chaos and emptiness. I looked at the skies, and not a star to be seen.
I looked at the mountains - they were trembling like aspen leaves, And all the hills rocking back and forth in the wind.
I looked - what's this! Not a man or woman in sight, and not a bird to be seen in the skies.
I looked - this can't be! Every garden and orchard shriveled up. All the towns were ghost towns. And all this because of God, because of the blazing anger of God.
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)