Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.
Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place.
God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment.
God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place.
Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.
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)