For thou didst take a pledge from thy brother without cause and stripped the naked of their clothing.
They drive away the ass of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried unto Elisha, saying, Thy slave, my husband, is dead; and thou knowest that thy slave feared the LORD; and the creditor is come to take my two sons to be his slaves.
They pluck the fatherless from the breast and take a pledge of the poor.
Conciliate with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out of there, until thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou may be delivered from him, lest he drag thee away to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, in no wise shalt thou come out of there until thou hast paid the very last mite.
Then there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren, the Jews. For there were some that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many; therefore we have bought grain that we may eat and live. There were also some that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine. read more.
And there were some that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards. Yet now, given that the flesh of our brethren is as our flesh and their sons as our sons, behold, we subject our sons and our daughters to slavery, and there are some of our daughters in bondage already; neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I meditated unto myself, and I rebuked the principals and the rulers and said unto them, Does each one of you exact usury of his brother? And I set a great assembly against them. And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren, the Jews who had been sold unto the Gentiles; and will ye even sell your brethren? And shall they be sold unto us? Then they remained silent, for they had nothing to answer. Also I said, What you do is not good, do you not walk in the fear of our God, that ye not be the reproach of our enemies the Gentiles? I, likewise, and my brethren and my servants, have lent them money and grain; let us now release them from this burden. Restore, I pray you, to them, today, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, and even the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then they said, We will return it and will require nothing of them; so we will do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests and caused them to sware that they should do according to this promise. Also I shook my lap and said, Thus will God shake out each man from his house and from his labour, that does not perform this promise, even thus shall he be shaken out and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.
He shall restore the work that was not his; according to the substance that he took; neither shall he devour, nor rejoice. Because he oppressed and forsook the poor; because he has violently taken away houses which he did not build, therefore, he shall not feel quietness in his belly; he shall not escape with that which he desired.
Be not thou one of them that strike hands or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should they take away thy bed from under thee?
But as the same slave was leaving, he found one of his fellowslaves who owed him a hundred denarius, and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what thou owest. And his fellowslave fell down at his feet and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not, but went and cast him into prison until he should pay the debt. read more.
So when his fellowslaves saw what was done, they were very grieved and came and declared unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked slave, I forgave thee all that debt because thou didst beseech me; was it not also expedient unto thee to have mercy on thy fellowslave even as I had mercy on thee? And his lord was wroth and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you unless from your hearts ye forgive every one his brother their trespasses.
He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches and who gives to the rich shall surely come to want.
He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he that has mercy on the poor, honours him.
Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered and said, My thoughts certainly cause me to answer, and therefore, I make haste. I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my intelligence causes me to answer. read more.
Dost thou not know this that always was, since man was placed upon earth, that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? Though his excellency mounts up to the heavens, and his head reaches unto the clouds, yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung; those who have seen him shall say, What is become of him? He shall fly away as a dream and shall not be found: yea, he shall flee away as a vision of the night. The eye which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place behold him any more. His poor sons shall go forth begging, and their hands shall restore that which he stole. His bones are full of the sins of his youth, which shall be buried with him in the dust. If wickedness was sweet in his mouth, if he hid it under his tongue, if it seemed good unto him, and he did not forsake it, but savored it within his mouth, his food shall be changed in his bowels, it shall be the gall of asps within him. He has swallowed down riches, but he shall vomit them up again; God shall cast them out of his belly. He shall suck the poison of asps; the viper's tongue shall slay him. He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. He shall restore the work that was not his; according to the substance that he took; neither shall he devour, nor rejoice. Because he oppressed and forsook the poor; because he has violently taken away houses which he did not build,
A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
For thou didst take a pledge from thy brother without cause and stripped the naked of their clothing.
Because he oppressed and forsook the poor; because he has violently taken away houses which he did not build,
Therefore, snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubles thee
The light of the wicked shall certainly be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his lamp shall be put out with him. The steps of his strength shall be cut down, and his own counsel shall cast him down. read more.
For a net shall be cast at his feet, and he shall walk upon a network. The snare shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him. The cord is hidden in the ground and a trap for him in the way. Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and his own feet shall drive him away. His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side. They shall devour the protection of his skin; the firstborn of death shall devour his members. His confidence shall be rooted out of his tent, and he shall be brought to the king of terrors. He shall dwell in his tent, as if it were not his; brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above his branch shall be cut off. His memory shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the streets. He shall be driven from the light into the darkness and chased out of the world. He shall have neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any to succeed him in his dwellings. Those that come after him shall be dismayed at his day, as those that went before were overcome with fear. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that does not know God.
Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you.
This is the portion of a wicked man with God and the heritage of the violent, which they shall receive of the Almighty. If their sons are multiplied, it is for the sword; and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. Those that remain of him shall be buried in death; and their widows shall not weep. read more.
Though he heaps up silver as the dust and prepares raiment as the clay, he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. He built his house as a moth and as a booth that the keeper makes. The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered; he shall open his eyes and not see anyone. Terrors shall take hold on him as waters; a whirlwind shall carry him away in the night. The east wind shall take him away, and he shall depart; the storm shall catch him up out of his place. For God shall cast down on him and not spare; he would attempt to flee out of his hand. Men shall clap their hands at him, and from his place they shall hiss at him.
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden from the violent. Fearful sounds are in his ears; in peace the destroyer shall come upon him. He will not believe that he shall return out of darkness, and he is always watching the sword. read more.
He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness is prepared for him. Tribulation and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. Because he extended his hand against God and strengthens himself against the Almighty, he shall run him through in the neck, upon the thick shoulder pieces of his shields; for he covered his face with his fatness and made collops of fat on his flanks; and he dwelt in desolate cities and in houses which no one inhabited, which were in heaps. He shall not become rich, nor shall his strength be established, neither shall he extend his beauty upon the earth. He shall not escape from the darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth he shall perish. He shall not be established; in vanity he shall err; therefore, he shall be changed into vanity. He shall be cut off before his time, and his branch shall not be green. He shall shake off his sour grapes as the vine and shall cast off his flower as the olive. For the congregation of the hypocrites shall be made desolate, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery. They conceive pain and bring forth iniquity, and their belly meditates deceit.
that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? Though his excellency mounts up to the heavens, and his head reaches unto the clouds, yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung; those who have seen him shall say, What is become of him? read more.
He shall fly away as a dream and shall not be found: yea, he shall flee away as a vision of the night. The eye which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place behold him any more. His poor sons shall go forth begging, and their hands shall restore that which he stole. His bones are full of the sins of his youth, which shall be buried with him in the dust. If wickedness was sweet in his mouth, if he hid it under his tongue, if it seemed good unto him, and he did not forsake it, but savored it within his mouth, his food shall be changed in his bowels, it shall be the gall of asps within him. He has swallowed down riches, but he shall vomit them up again; God shall cast them out of his belly. He shall suck the poison of asps; the viper's tongue shall slay him. He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. He shall restore the work that was not his; according to the substance that he took; neither shall he devour, nor rejoice. Because he oppressed and forsook the poor; because he has violently taken away houses which he did not build, therefore, he shall not feel quietness in his belly; he shall not escape with that which he desired. Nothing is left that he did not eat; therefore, his goods shall not last. In the fullness of his sufficiency, he shall come into anguish; the hands of all the wicked shall come upon him. When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him and shall rain it upon him and upon his food. He shall flee from the weapons of iron, and the bow of bronze shall strike him through. He shall draw forth an arrow from his quiver, and like lightning it shall strike through his gall; terrors shall come upon him. All darkness is kept for his secrets; a fire not blown shall consume him; his successor shall be broken in his tent. The heavens shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. The increase of his house shall be taken captive; they shall be scattered in the day of his wrath. This is the portion of a wicked man from God and the heritage that God appoints unto him by his word.
Why do the wicked live and become old and even increase in riches? Their seed is with them, established in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear; neither is the rod of God upon them. read more.
Their cows conceive, and do not abort; their cows calve and do not cast forth their young. They send forth their little ones like a flock of sheep, and their children dance. They jump at the sound of the timbrel and harp and rejoice at the sound of the organ. They spend their days in pleasure and in a moment go down to Sheol. Therefore, they say unto God, Depart from us; for we do not desire the knowledge of thy ways. Who is the Almighty that we should serve him? And what profit should we have if we pray unto him? Behold that their good is not in their hands; the counsel of the wicked is far from me. How often is the lamp of the wicked put out and their destruction comes upon them, and God distributes sorrows upon them in his anger. They shall be as stubble before the wind and as chaff taken up by the whirlwind. God shall lay up his violence for their sons; and he will reward him so that he shall know it. His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. For what delight shall he have in his house after him, being cut off in the number of his months? Shall he teach God knowledge, seeing he judges those that are high? This one shall die in the full strength of his beauty, being completely at ease and quiet. His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow. And another dies in the bitterness of his soul, never having eaten with pleasure. They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. Behold, I know your thoughts and the imaginations which ye devise against me. For ye say, What is of the house of the prince, and what of the tent of the habitation of the wicked? Have ye not asked those that go by the way, and do ye not know their tokens? That the wicked is reserved for the day of destruction, they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he has done? He shall yet be brought to the grave and shall remain in the tomb. The clods of the river valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall be drawn after him, as there were innumerable before him.
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks and feed thereof. They drive away the ass of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way; and all the poor of the earth hide themselves from them. read more.
Behold, as wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, rising early for a prey; the wilderness yields food for them and for their children. In the field they reap their fodder, and the wicked gather the vintage that is not theirs. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the floods of the mountains and embrace the rock for want of a covering. They pluck the fatherless from the breast and take a pledge of the poor. They cause the naked to go without clothing, and they take away the sheaves from the hungry. They press oil within their walls and tread their winepresses and suffer thirst. Men groan from out of the city, and the souls of the dead cry out; yet God did not hinder them. They are among those that rebel against the light; they have never known its ways nor abided in its paths. The murderer rises with the light, kills the poor and the needy, and in the night is as a thief. The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me; and disguises his face. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime; they do not know the light. For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death; if they are known, the terrors of the shadow of death come over them. They are swift upon the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth; they never come by the way of the vineyards. Drought and heat consume the snow waters; so does Sheol consume those who have sinned. The Merciful One shall forget them; the worm shall feed sweetly on them; they shall never be remembered again; and iniquity shall be broken as a tree. He afflicted the barren woman that did not conceive and never did good unto the widow. He furthered the violent with his power; he did not lend to anyone in his life. If he gave credit to some to take them over, his eyes were upon their ways. They were exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all others and cut off as the tops of the heads of grain.
Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
and say unto the people of the land, Thus hath the Lord GOD said regarding the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. They shall eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water with terror that her land may be desolate from all that is in it because of the violence of all those that dwell therein. And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
And it shall be that whoever will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of the hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt does not go up and does not come, there shall be no rain upon them; instead there shall be the plague, with which the LORD will smite the Gentiles that do not come up to celebrate the feast of the tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of the sin of Egypt and of the sin of all the Gentiles that do not come up to celebrate the feast of the tabernacles.