I will climb up into my watchtower now and wait to see what the LORD will say to me and how he will answer my complaint.
Then the LORD said to me, "Write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet, so that a runner can read it and tell everyone else.
But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
"Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; a but the righteous will live by their faith. b5
Wealth c is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. They range far and wide, with their mouths opened as wide as death, d but they are never satisfied. In their greed they have gathered up many nations and peoples.
But the time is coming when all their captives will taunt them, saying, 'You thieves! At last justice has caught up with you! Now you will get what you deserve for your oppression and extortion!'
Suddenly, your debtors will rise up in anger. They will turn on you and take all you have, while you stand trembling and helpless.
You have plundered many nations; now they will plunder you. You murderers! You have filled the countryside with violence and all the cities, too.
"How terrible it will be for you who get rich by unjust means! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your families beyond the reach of danger.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)