He brings the mighty to ruin without asking anyone, and he sets up others in their places.
He watches what they do, and in the night he overturns them, destroying them.
He openly strikes them down for their wickedness.
For they turned aside from following him. They have no respect for any of his ways.
So they cause the poor to cry out, catching God's attention. Yes, he hears the cries of the needy.
When he is quiet, who can make trouble? But when he hides his face, who can find him?
He prevents the godless from ruling so they cannot be a snare to the people.
"Why don't people say to God, 'I have sinned, but I will sin no more'?
Or 'I don't know what evil I have done; tell me, and I will stop at once'?
"Must God tailor his justice to your demands? But you have rejected him! The choice is yours, not mine. Go ahead, share your wisdom with us.
After all, bright people will tell me, and wise people will hear me say,
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)