5-6 Open up before God, keep nothing back;
      he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
   He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
      and stamp you with approval at high noon.

 7 Quiet down before God,
      be prayerful before him.
   Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
      who elbow their way to the top.

 8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
      cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
   Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
      God-investors will soon own the store.

 10-11 Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
      you’ll stare at his once famous place and—nothing!
   Down-to-earth people will move in and take over,
      relishing a huge bonanza.

 12-13 Bad guys have it in for the good guys,
      obsessed with doing them in.
   But God isn’t losing any sleep; to him
      they’re a joke with no punch line.

 14-15 Bullies brandish their swords,
      pull back on their bows with a flourish.
   They’re out to beat up on the harmless,
      or mug that nice man out walking his dog.
   A banana peel lands them flat on their faces—
      slapstick figures in a moral circus.

 16-17 Less is more and more is less.
      One righteous will outclass fifty wicked,
   For the wicked are moral weaklings
      but the righteous are God-strong.

-Psalm 37:5-17, The Message Bible

  1. Lori
    October 28, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    While I was reading this I thought you wrote it. I am going to have to buy The Message Bible. Mine is good but this speaks to me on my level.

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