The wicked man desires the booty of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any bird;
The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,
The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
A man who flatters his neighbor
Is spreading a net for his steps.
In the days to come Jacob will take root,
Israel will blossom and sprout,
And they will fill the whole world with fruit.
The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
‘For wicked men are found among My people,
They watch like fowlers lying in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
The godly person has perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a net.
The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook,
Drag them away with their net,
And gather them together in their fishing net.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.