He frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed.
He traps the wise in their own cleverness so their cunning schemes are thwarted.
They find it is dark in the daytime, and they grope at noon as if it were night.
He rescues the poor from the cutting words of the strong, and rescues them from the clutches of the powerful.
And so at last the poor have hope, and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut.
“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.
For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.
From six disasters he will rescue you; even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil.
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 have no fear when destruction comes.
You will laugh at destruction and famine; wild animals will not terrify you.