God hates cheating in the marketplace; he loves it when business is aboveboard.
The stuck-up fall flat on their faces, but down-to-earth people stand firm.
The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.
A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.
Moral character makes for smooth traveling; an evil life is a hard life.
Good character is the best insurance; crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.
When the wicked die, that's it - the story's over, end of hope.
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)