Don't bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they'll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.
Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last.
Keep company with God, get in on the best.
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he'll do whatever needs to be done:
He'll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.
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)