I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called upon God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip.
The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand.
"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or the plants of the earth, 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 all mankind.
Does not the ear try words as the palate tastes food?
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.
"With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.
If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the 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. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)