23 God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment.

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24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.

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25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

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26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,

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27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.

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28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.

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29 But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike,

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30 to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.

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31 “Suppose someone says to God, ‘I am guilty but will offend no more.

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32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’

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33 Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.

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