He frustrates the plans of the crafty, so their efforts will not succeed.
He catches those who think they are wise in their own cleverness, so that their cunning schemes are thwarted.
They grope in the daylight as though they were blind; they see no better in the daytime than at night.
He rescues the poor from the cutting words of the strong. He saves them from the clutches of the powerful.
And so at last the poor have hope, and the fangs of the wicked are broken.
"But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the chastening of the Almighty when you sin.
For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.
He will rescue you again and again so that no evil can touch you.
He will save you from death in time of famine, from the power of the sword in time of war.
You will be safe from slander and will have no fear of destruction when it comes.
You will laugh at destruction and famine; wild animals will not terrify you.
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)