Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
By transgression an evil man is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices.
While they are saying, “ Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
“For he is thrown into the net by his own feet, And he steps on the webbing.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
Therefore this iniquity will be to you Like a breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
But God said to him, ‘ You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
“ But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
“ Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;
for He says, “ At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “ the acceptable time,” behold, now is “ the day of salvation”—
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,