"I'm ridiculed by my friends: 'So that's the man who had conversations with God!' Ridiculed without mercy: 'Look at the man who never did wrong!'
It's easy for the well-to-do to point their fingers in blame, for the well-fixed to pour scorn on the strugglers.
Crooks reside safely in high-security houses, insolent blasphemers live in luxury; they've bought and paid for a god who'll protect them.
"But ask the animals what they think - let them teach you; let the birds tell you what's going on.
Put your ear to the earth - learn the basics. Listen - the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories.
Isn't it clear that they all know and agree that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand -
Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature?
Isn't this all just common sense, as common as the sense of taste?
Do you think the elderly have a corner on wisdom, that you have to grow old before you understand life?
"True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for.
If he tears something down, it's down for good; if he locks people up, they're locked up for good.
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)