And plead with the Almighty for favor,
He would pay attention to you*
And restore you to your rightful place.
9 For we were born only yesterday, and we know nothing,
Because our days on earth are a shadow.
11 Will a papyrus plant grow tall where there is no marsh?
Will a reed grow tall without water?
12 While it is still in the bud, not yet plucked off,
It will dry up before any other plant.
For the hope of the godless* will perish,
14 Whose confidence is in vain
And whose trust is as fragile as a spider’s web.*
15 He will lean against his house, but it will not keep standing;
He will try to hold on to it, but it will not last.
That place will deny him and say, ‘I have never seen you.’+
Nor will he support* evil men,
21 For he will yet fill your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Those hating you will be clothed with shame,
And the tent of wicked ones will be no more.”