I'm in trouble. I cry to God, desperate for an answer:
"Deliver me from the liars, God! They smile so sweetly but lie through their teeth."
Do you know what's next, can you see what's coming, all you barefaced liars?
Pointed arrows and burning coals will be your reward.
I'm doomed to live in Meshech, cursed with a home in Kedar,
My whole life lived camping among quarreling neighbors.
I'm all for peace, but the minute I tell them so, they go to war!
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)