Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Devise not evil
he plots evil with perverse thoughts in his heart, he spreads contention at all times.
A violent person entices his neighbor, and leads him down a path that is terrible.
For they do not try to make peace with others, but plan ways to deceive those who are unsuspecting.
He attacks his friends; he breaks his solemn promises to them.
For look, they wait to ambush me; powerful men stalk me, but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord.
Then some people said, "Come on! Let us consider how to deal with Jeremiah! There will still be priests to instruct us, wise men to give us advice, and prophets to declare God's word. Come on! Let's bring charges against him and get rid of him! Then we will not need to pay attention to anything he says."
Those who devise sinful plans are as good as dead, those who dream about doing evil as they lie in bed. As soon as morning dawns they carry out their plans, because they have the power to do so.