So hear what I say, and put it to work!
My words you mustn't just receive, but observe.
The one who does this is like a wise man,
A builder who's making a house that will stand:
He digs down to rock and builds thereupon,
A foundation secure, unshakably strong.
Then down come the rains and the floodwaters rise;
The wind tears at that home's roof and its sides--
What then? Will it fall? No, it will stand firm,
Because its foundation is stable and sure.
But what of the one who hears these my words,
And then goes forth choosing not to observe?
Such a person is like a foolish man,
Who chooses to build his house on the sand--
Then come the rain and the floods and the wind,
And great is the crash as that house meets its end!"
So there on the mount Jesus finished his words,
And all were astonished at what they had heard,
For he spoke with the strength of authority's call,
And not like the scribes interpreting Law.