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.
Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don't bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.
Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes - it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt; God-investors will soon own the store.
Before you know it, the wicked will have had it; you'll stare at his once famous place and - nothing!
Down-to-earth people will move in and take over, relishing a huge bonanza.
Bad guys have it in for the good guys, obsessed with doing them in.
But God isn't losing any sleep; to him they're a joke with no punch line.
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)