A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the increase of his lips he shall be satisfied.
A certain man of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy bellies.
Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?
They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, and their heart prepares deceit.
Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save any of that in which he delights.
For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground.
The spirit of man is the lamp of LORD, searching all his innermost parts.
Stripes that wound cleanse away evil, and strokes, the innermost parts.
I heard, and my body trembled. My lips quivered at the voice. Rottenness enters into my bones, and I tremble in my place, because I must wait quietly for the day of trouble, for the coming up of the people who invade us.
He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.
For thou have taken pledges from thy brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
They drive away the donkey 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 out to Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou know that thy servant feared LORD, and the creditor has come to take my two children to him to be bo
There are [men] who pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor,
Be agreeing with thine opponent quickly, while thou are with him on the way, lest the opponent deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the subordinate, and thou will be cast into prison. Truly I say to thee, thou will, no, not come out from there, until thou have paid the last quadran.
For when thou go with thine opponent to the magistrate on the way give effort to be delivered from him, lest he may drag thee to the judge, and the judge may deliver thee to the officer, and the officer would cast thee into prison. I say to thee, thou will, no, not come out from there, until thou have paid even the last mite.
Then there arose a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brothers the Jews. For there were who said, We, our sons and our daughters, are many. Let us get grain that we may eat and live. There were some also who said, We are mortgaging our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses. Let us get grain because of the dearth. read more.
There were also who said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute [upon] our fields and our vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our sons as their sons. And, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought into bondage [already]. Neither is it in our And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and contended with the ranking men and the rulers, and said to them, Ye exact usury, everyone of his brother. And I held a great assembly against them. And I said to them, According to our ability we have redeemed our brothers the Jews, who were sold to the nations, and would ye even sell your brothers, and should they be sold to us? Then they were silent, and found not a word. Also I said, The thing that ye do is not good. Ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God, because of the reproach of the nations our enemies? And I likewise, my brothers and my servants, lend them money and grain. I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their fields, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the grain, the new wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then they said, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them, so will we do, even as thou say. Then I called the priests, and took an oath from them that they would do according to this promise. Also I shook out my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labor, who does not perform this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the assembly said, Amen, and praised LORD. And th
That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down. According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice. For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up. Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save any of that in which he delights.
Be thou not one of those who strike hands, [or] of those who are sureties for debts. If thou have not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
But after going out, that bondman found one of his fellow bondmen who owed him a hundred denarii. And having grabbed him, he choked him, saying, Pay me if thou owe anything. So his fellow bondman having fallen down at his feet, besought him, saying, Be patience toward me, and I will pay thee. But he would not, instead, having left him, he cast him into prison until he would pay that which was owed. read more.
And when his fellow bondmen saw the things that happened, they were extremely sorry. And after coming, they reported to their lord all the things that happened. Then his lord having summoned him, he says to him, Thou evil bondman, I forgave thee all that debt because thou besought me. Was it not necessary for thee also to be merciful to thy fellow bondman, as I also was merciful to thee? And having become angry, his lord delivered him to the tormentors until he would pay all that was due to him. So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if ye do not forgive each man his brother, from your hearts, their trespasses.
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tent, and his lamp above him shall be put out. The steps of his strength shall be restricted, and his own counsel shall cast him down. read more.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon the toils. A trap shall take [him] by the heel. A snare shall lay hold on him. A noose is hid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way. Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall chase him at his heels. His strength shall be weakened by hunger, and calamity shall be ready at his side. The members of his body shall be devoured. The first-born of death shall devour his body-parts. He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts, and he shall be brought to the king of terrors. There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street. He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. He shall have neither son nor son's son among his people, nor any remaining where he sojourned. Those who come after shall be astonished at his day, as those who went before were frightened. Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, and this is the place of him who does not know God.
Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good from you.
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty. If his sons be multiplied, it is for the sword. And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. Those who remain of him shall be buried in death, and his widows shall make no lamentation. 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 builds his house as the moth, and as a booth which the keeper makes. He lays down rich, but he shall not be gathered [to his fathers]. He opens his eyes, and he is not. Terrors overtake him like waters. A tempest steals him away in the night. The east wind carries him away, and he departs, and it sweeps him out of his place. For [God] shall hurl at him, and not spare. He would gladly flee out of his hand. Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. He does not believe that he shall return out of darkness. And he is awaited by the sword. read more.
He wanders abroad for bread, [saying], Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. Distress and anguish make him afraid. They prevail against him as a king ready to the battle. Because he has stretched out his hand against God, and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty. He runs upon him with a [stiff] neck, with the thick studs of his bucklers, because he has covered his face with his fatness, and gathered fat upon his loins. And he has dwelt in desolate cities, in houses which no man inhabited, which were ready to become heaps. He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth. He shall not depart out of darkness. The flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of [God's] mouth he shall go away. Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself. For vanity shall be his recompense. It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green. He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive tree. For the company of the hypocrites shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery. They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, and their heart prepares deceit.
that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the profane but for a moment? Though his height mounts up to the heavens, and his head reaches to the clouds, yet he shall perish forever like his own dung. Those who have seen him shall say, Where is he? read more.
He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found. Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. The eye which saw him shall see him no more, neither shall his place any more behold him. His sons shall seek the favor of the poor, and his hands shall give back his wealth. His bones are full of his youth, but it shall lie down with him in the dust. Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue, though he spares it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth, yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is the gall of asps within him. He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly. He shall suck the poison of asps. The viper's tongue shall kill him. He shall not look upon the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter. That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down. According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice. For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up. Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save any of that in which he delights. There was nothing left that he did not devour, therefore his prosperity shall not endure. In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits. The hand of everyone who is in misery shall come upon him. When he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, and will rain it upon him while he is eating. He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of brass shall strike him through. He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body, yea, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors are upon him. All darkness is laid up for his treasures. A fire not blown shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent. The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him. The increase of his house shall depart, flowed away in the day of his wrath. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed to him by God.
Why do the wicked live, become old, yea, grow mighty in power? Their seed is established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, nor is the rod of God upon them. read more.
Their bull breeds, and does not fail. Their cow brings forth safely, and does not miscarry. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They sing to the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe. They spend their days in prosperity, and in a moment they go down to Sheol. And they say to God, Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray to him? Lo, [is] their prosperity not in their hand. (The counsel of the wicked is far from me.) How often is it that the lamp of the profane is put out, that their calamity comes upon them, that [God] distributes sorrows in his anger, that they are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away? [Ye say], God lays up his iniquity for his sons. Let him recompense it to himself that he may know it. Let his own eyes see his destruction, and let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. For what does he care for his house after him when the number of his months is cut off? Shall any teach God knowledge, seeing he judges those who are high? One man dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. His pails are full of milk, and the marrow of his bones is moistened. And another man dies in bitterness of soul, and never tastes of good. They lie down alike in the dust, and the worm covers them. Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices with which ye would wrong me. For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent in which the wicked dwelt? Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences, that the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are led forth to the day of wrath? Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he has done? Yet he shall be borne to the grave, and men shall keep watch over the tomb. The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him. And all men shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.
There are [men] who remove the landmarks. They take away flocks violently, and feed them. They drive away the donkey of the fatherless. They take the widow's ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves. read more.
Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food. The wilderness [yields] them bread for their sons. They cut their provender in the field, and they glean the vintage of the wicked. They lie all night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. There are [men] who pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor, [so that] they go about naked without clothing, and being hungry they carry the sheaves. They make oil within the walls of these men. They tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst. From out of the populous city men groan, and the soul of the wounded cries out. Yet God does not regard the folly. These are of those who rebel against the light. They do not know the ways of it, nor abide in the paths of it. The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. And in the night he is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me. And he disguises his face. In the dark they dig through houses. They shut themselves up in the daytime. They do not know the light. For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness. For they know the terrors of the thick darkness. Swiftly they [pass away] upon the face of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the earth. They do not turn into the way of the vineyards. Drought and heat consume the snow waters, [and] Sheol [those who] have sinned. The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall be no more remembered. And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree. He devours the barren who do not bear, and does no good to the widow. Yet [God] preserves the mighty by his power. He rises up who has no assurance of life. [God] gives them to be in security, and they rest in it. And his eyes are upon their ways. They are exalted. Yet a little while, and they are gone. Yea, they are brought low. They are taken out of the way as all others, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
Ye shall fall by the sword. I will judge you in the border of Israel, and ye shall know that I am LORD.
And say to the people of the land, Thus says lord LORD concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the land of Israel: They shall eat their bread with fearfulness, and drink their water in dismay, that her land may be desolate of And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be a desolation. And ye shall know that I am LORD.
And it shall be, that of the families of the earth he who does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, LORD of hosts, upon them there shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt does not go up, and does not come, that there shall be the plague with which LORD will smite the nations that go not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to keep the feast of tabernacles.