But evil does not spring from the soil, and trouble does not sprout from the earth.
People are born for trouble as predictably as sparks fly upward from a fire.
"My advice to you is this: Go to God and present your case to him.
For he does great works too marvelous to understand. He performs miracles without number.
He gives rain for the earth. He sends water for the fields.
He gives prosperity to the poor and humble, and he takes sufferers to safety.
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.
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)