I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called upon God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, I am a laughingstock.
Those at ease have contempt for misfortune, a but it is ready for those whose feet are unstable.
The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hands. b7
"But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, c and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.
Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food?
Is wisdom with the aged, and understanding in length of days?
"With God d are wisdom and strength; he has counsel and understanding.
If he tears down, no one can rebuild; if he shuts someone in, no one can open up.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)