Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
"Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand; When the overwhelming scourge passes through, Then you become its trampling place.
Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, "Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider's web.
"Woe to the rebellious children," declares the LORD, "Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;
"I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, But they will not profit you.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightful plant Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.
No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.
"As a well keeps its waters fresh, So she keeps fresh her wickedness Violence and destruction are heard in her; Sickness and wounds are ever before Me.
'Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness None of them shall remain, none of their people, none of their wealth, nor anything eminent among them.
"But they do not know how to do what is right," declares the LORD, "these who hoard up violence and devastation in their citadels."
Do you put off the day of calamity, And would you bring near the seat of violence?
Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands.
And I said, "Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel Is it not for you to know justice?
"For the rich men of the city are full of violence, Her residents speak lies, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do not save.
"And I will punish on that day all who leap on the temple threshold, Who fill the house of their lord with violence and deceit.
Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.