Thematic Bible: The wicked


Thematic Bible




Now therefore hear this, thou who are given to pleasures, who sit securely, who say in thy heart, I am, and there is none else besides me. I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of sons.

This I say therefore, and solemnly declare in Lord, for you to walk no longer as also the other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,





God is a righteous judge. Yea, a God who has indignation every day.

Thy hand will find out all thine enemies. Thy right hand will find out those who hate thee. Thou will make them as a fiery furnace in the time of thine anger. LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.


A man who is in splendor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.



who say, Let him make speed, let him hasten his work, that we may see it. And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it!


But they know not the thoughts of LORD, nor do they understand his counsel, for he has gathered them as the sheaves to the threshing-floor.


But the Pharisees and the lawyers who were not immersed by him, rejected the purpose of God for themselves.










In the dark they dig through houses. They shut themselves up in the daytime. They do not know the light.


The pride of thy heart has deceived thee, O thou who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Thus says LORD: Do not deceive yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us. For they shall not depart.

All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee on thy way, even to the border. The men who were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee. [Those who eat] thy bread lay a snare under thee. There is no unde


Those also who seek after my life lay snares [for me]. And those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all the day long.


For they speak not peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.



The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise [and] to do good.






Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.


And they will deceive each one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves to commit iniquity.








Thy rulers are rebellious, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They judge not the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come to them.

They have grown fat. They shine. Yea, they overflow in deeds of wickedness. They do not plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper. And they do not judge the right of the needy.


In thee they have made light of father and mother. In the midst of thee they have dealt with the sojourner by oppression. In thee they have wronged the fatherless and the widow.


to turn aside the needy from justice, and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!




Yea, ye would cast [lots] upon the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend.


They drive away the donkey of the fatherless. They take the widow's ox for a pledge.



But ye who forsake LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for Fortune, and who fill up mingled wine to Destiny,


How long will ye judge unjustly, and respect the persons of the wicked? Selah.

And moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there, and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there.

Therefore the law is slacked, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked man surrounds the righteous man, therefore justice goes forth perverted.


Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, nor could they blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall. At the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, says LORD.

For from the least of them even to the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness. And from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.


Let favor be shown to a wicked man, yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully, and will not behold the majesty of LORD.


For I know how manifold are your transgressions, and how mighty are your sins--ye who afflict the just man, who take a bribe, and who turn aside the needy in the gate [from their right].

I am as a man who is a laughing-stock to his neighbor. I who called upon God, and he answered. The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.


A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.


And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness stands afar off. For truth has fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.


No man sues in righteousness, and no man pleads in truth. They trust in vanity, and speak lies. They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.




Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice, and pervert all equity.


And it came to pass, when the kingdom of Rehoboam was established, and he was strong, that he forsook the law of LORD, and all Israel with him.

And LORD says, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, nor walked in it,


Hear, O earth: Behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words. And as for my law, they have rejected it.

For it is a rebellious people, lying sons, sons who will not hear the law of LORD,


They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law.


Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust, because they have rejected the law of LORD of hosts, an


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because thou have rejected knowledge, I also will reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me. Since thou have forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy sons.


Thus says LORD: For three transgressions of Judah, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it, because they have rejected the law of LORD, and have not kept his statutes, and their lies have caused them to err, accord


Every man hating his brother is a man-killer. And ye know that no man-killer has eternal life abiding in him.


But having spoken boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you, but since ye thrust it away, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.




But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord is late coming, and should begin to beat the fellow bondmen, and to eat and drink with the drunken, the lord of that bondman will come in a day that he does not expect, and in an hour that he is not aware, read more.
and he will cut him in two, and place his share with the hypocrites. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.


Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord is late coming, and should begin to beat the fellow bondmen, and to eat and drink with the drunken,



who were disobedient formerly, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah who prepared an ark in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water.




And they bend their tongue--their bow--for falsehood, and they have grown strong in the land, but not for truth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says LORD.

And they will deceive each one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves to commit iniquity.


An evil-doer gives heed to wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.




Behold [the wicked man], he travails with iniquity. Yea, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.




Thou love evil more than good, and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.


O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? Will ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.



and the others having seized his bondmen, abused and killed them.




Because of this, if I come, I will remember his works that he does, prating against us with evil words. And not being satisfied in these, he himself does not even accept the brothers, and he forbids those who would, and expels them


Behold [the wicked man], he travails with iniquity. Yea, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.




And they forgot his doings, and his wondrous works that he had shown them.

and refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou did among them, but stiffened their neck. And in their rebellion they appointed a captain to return to their bondage. But thou are a God ready to pardon, gracious a

Give ear, O my people, to my law. Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.


Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he was wanting of a considerable time to see him, because of hearing many things about him, and he hoped to see some sign happening by him.

He saved others, he cannot save himself. If he is the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in him.

And when the multitudes gathered together he began to say, This generation is evil. They seek a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah, the prophet.



because all those men who have seen my glory, and my signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted me these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice,


Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What are we doing? Because this man does many signs.

saying, What will we do to these men? For that indeed a notable sign has happened by them, is apparent to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.


Our fathers did not understand thy wonders in Egypt. They did not remember the multitude of thy loving kindnesses, but were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.




So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and to the nobles who were in his city, [and] who dwelt with Naboth. And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. And set two men, base fellows, before him, and let them bear witness against him, saying, Thou cursed God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him to death.

If they say, Come with us. Let us lay wait for blood. Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause.


And they saw him afar off. And before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him.



For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.



The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. And in the night he is as a thief.

And thou shall say, Thus says lord LORD: A city that sheds blood in the midst of her, that her time may come, and who makes idols against herself to defile her!




He sits in the lurking-places of the villages. In the covert places he murders the innocent man. His eyes are secretly set against the poor man. He lurks in secret as a lion in his covert. He lays in wait to catch the poor man. He catches the poor man when he draws him in his net. He crouches, he bows down, and helpless men fall by his strong men.







Destruction comes. And they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.




For they speak not peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.


My soul has long had her dwelling with him who hates peace.


Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace with their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.





He enters into peace. They rest in their beds, each one who walks in his uprightness.

and the way of peace they have not known.


and it comes to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, to destroy the moist with the dry.


They have also lightly healed the hurt of my people, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.


saying, If thou knew, even thou, indeed even in this thy day, the things for thy peace. But now they are hidden from thine eyes.


For the enemy has persecuted my soul. He has smitten my life down to the ground. He has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.

Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens. They chased us upon the mountains. They laid wait for us in the wilderness.


lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him, [lest] my adversaries rejoice when I am moved.

And those who dwell upon the earth rejoice over them, and will celebrate, and will give gifts to each other, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.


For they persecute him whom thou have smitten, and they tell of the sorrow of those whom thou have wounded.



saying, God has forsaken him. Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver.


They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves. 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. read more.
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.

has wronged the poor and needy man, has taken by robbery, has not restored the pledge, and has lifted up his eyes to the idols, has committed abomination,




Thou pierced with his own staves the head of his warriors. They came as a whirlwind to scatter me. Their rejoicing was as to devour the poor man secretly.


as they gather silver and brass and iron and lead and tin into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it. So I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will lay you there, and melt you.


What do ye mean that ye crush my people, and grind the face of the poor? says the Lord, LORD of hosts.


Ye put to shame the counsel of the poor because LORD is his refuge.




saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit, that we may buy the poor for silver, and a needy man for a pair of shoes, and sell the refuse of the wheat?






Hear this word, ye cows of Bashan, who are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their lords, Bring, and let us drink.


Thus says LORD: For three transgressions of Israel, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it, because they have sold a righteous man for silver, and a needy man for a pair of shoes--




But I will show you whom ye should fear. Fear him, who, after killing, has power to cast into hell. Yes, I say to you, fear ye him.


For I was ashamed to ask of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way, because we had spoken to the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all those who seek him, for good, but his power an


Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright in him. (But the righteous man shall live by his faith. Yea, moreover, wine is treacherous.) [He is] a haughty man, who does not keep at home, who enlarges his desire as Sheol, and he is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathers to him all nations, and heaps to him all peoples.


And the men were scorched with great heat. And the men blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues, and they did not repent to give him glory.

And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so that they would not worship the demons, and the golden and silver and brass and stone and wooden idols, which can neither


I hearkened and heard, but they did not speak aright. No man repents of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? Everyone turns to his course as a horse that rushes headlong in the battle.

For John came to you in a way of righteousness, and ye did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him. And having seen it, ye did not repent afterward to believe him.


And I gave her time so that she would repent, and she did not want to repent of her fornication.


And he said, No, father Abraham, but if some man would go to them from the dead they will repent. And he said to him, If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if some man would rise from the dead.


Then he began to upbraid the cities in which most of his mighty works occurred, because they did not repent.



There is he who makes himself rich, yet has nothing, [and] he who makes himself poor, yet [has] great wealth.

When goods increase, they are increased who eat them. And what advantage is there to the owner of it, except the beholding [of them] with his eyes?


Surely every man walks in a shadow. Surely they are disquieted in vain. He heaps up, and knows not who shall gather them.

For to the man who pleases him [God] gives wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Though he heaps up silver as the dust, and prepares raiment as the clay,



But those who want to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, which sink men in destruction and ruin. For the love of money is a root of all the evils, of which some aspiring have wandered from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


Those who trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches,



There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: Riches [were] kept by the owner of it to his hurt.




Behold, these are the wicked, and those who always prosper. They have possessed wealth.




They spend their days in prosperity, and in a moment they go down to Sheol.


He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly.


so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.


A wicked man watches a righteous man, and seeks to kill him.






And those who passed by reviled him, shaking their heads, and saying, Thou who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save thyself. If thou are the Son of God, come down from the cross. And likewise also the chief priests, ridiculing with the scholars, and elders, and Pharisees, said, read more.
He saved others, he cannot save himself. If he is the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusted in God, let him rescue him now, if he wants him, for he said, I am the Son of God. And also the robbers who were crucified with him reviled him the same way.


Hearken to me, ye stout-hearted, who are far from righteousness:

They draw near who follow after wickedness. They are far from thy law.


Let favor be shown to a wicked man, yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully, and will not behold the majesty of LORD.

Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their counsel, and were brought low in their iniquity.


The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise [and] to do good.

Ye who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth,




Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!


Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, if there may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.


Sow to yourselves in righteousness. Reap according to kindness. Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek LORD, till he comes and rains righteousness upon you.


Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and have come forth out of the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness




What will we say then? That the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness from faith.


For when ye were bondmen of sin, ye were uninhibited by righteousness.




Thou love evil more than good, and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.


said, O man full of all deceit and all recklessness, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, will thou not cease distorting the straight ways of Lord?


But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes, and they rejected my ordinances, which if a man keeps, he shall live in them. And they greatly profaned my Sabbaths. Then I said I wou

because they rejected my ordinances, and did not walk in my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths, for their heart went after their idols.

Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.


And if the peoples of the land bring wares or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day. And that we would forego the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

In those days I saw in Judah some men treading wine-presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys [therewith], as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on t There dwelt men of Tyre also in it who brought in fish, and all manner of wares, and sold on the Sabbath to the sons of Judah, and in Jerusalem.


I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feasts, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn assemblies.

And he has taken away his tabernacle violently, as a garden. He has destroyed his place of assembly. LORD has caused solemn assembly and Sabbath to be forgotten in Zion. And in the indignation of his anger has despised the king and


Then I contended with the ranking men of Judah, and said to them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day?

Thou have despised my holy things, and have profaned my Sabbaths.


Therefore some of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath. Other men said, How is a sinful man able to do such signs? And there was division among them.

And having responded, the synagogue-ruler, being indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath, answered and said to the multitude, There are six days in which he ought to work. Therefore coming in these, be healed, and not on the


And while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks upon the Sabbath day.

Thus says LORD: Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do ye any work. But hallow ye the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction.

And it came to pass on the seventh day, that some of the people went out to gather, and they found none.




And they, having passed through from Perga, arrived at Antioch of Pisidia, and after entering into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, they sat down.


And while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks upon the Sabbath day. And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.


In those days I saw in Judah some men treading wine-presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys [therewith], as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on t


In those days I saw in Judah some men treading wine-presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys [therewith], as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on t


Her priests have done violence to my law, and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, nor have they caused men to discern between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their ey


If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, [and] the holy of LORD honorable, and shall honor it, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, no


saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit,


For every man will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt material.




I beheld the treacherous, and was grieved because they do not observe thy word.


as also in all his letters, speaking in them about these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist, as also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.


The wise men are put to shame. They are dismayed and taken. Lo, they have rejected the word of LORD, and what manner of wisdom is in them?


And he said to them, Well do ye reject the commandment of God, so that ye may keep your tradition. For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother, and, He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him perish in death. But ye say, If a man should say to his father or mother, Whatever ye might be benefited from me is Corban, that is, an offering, read more.
then ye no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother, annulling the word of God by your tradition that ye have delivered. And many such like things ye do.


and, A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, men who stumble at the word, being disobedient, for which also they were set.


And as the days of Noah, so also will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until that day Noah entered into the ark. And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away. So also will be the coming of the Son of man.




in a fire of flame rendering vengeance to those who have not known God, and to those not obeying the good-news of our Lord Jesus Christ. Men who will suffer punishment, a penalty of eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,


But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord is late coming,


Knowing this first, that there will come at the end of the days, scoffers, proceeding according to their own desires, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For, from since the fathers became asleep, all things continue this way from the beginning of creation.


Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways. As a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.

then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers, and said to them, Let us build with you, for we seek your God, as ye do, and we sacrifice to him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assyria who brought us up here.


And he did that which was evil, because he did not set his heart to seek LORD.




LORD looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there were any who understood, who sought after God. They are all gone aside. They are together become filthy. There is none who does good, no, not one.


Yet the people have not turned to him who smote them, nor have they sought LORD of hosts.




Though while he lived he blessed his soul (and men praise thee, when thou do well for thyself),


All his days also he eats in gloom, and he is greatly troubled, and has depression and anger.


And David said to him, To whom do thou belong? And from where are thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite. And my master left me because three days ago I fell sick.


I was a stranger, and ye did not take me in, naked, and ye did not clothe me, weak, and in prison, and ye did not come to help me.



(But there was none like Ahab, who sold himself to do that which was evil in the sight of LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us. Let us lay wait for blood. Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause. Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, and whole, as those who go down into the pit. read more.
We shall find all precious substance. We shall fill our houses with spoil. Thou shall cast thy lot among us. We will all have one bag.

Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel, and thou have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins,


These things thou have done, and I kept silence. Thou thought that I was altogether such a one as thyself. [But] I will reprove thee, and set [them] in order before thine eyes.

He says in his heart, God has forgotten. He hides his face. He will never see it.

And they say, LORD will not see, nor will the God of Jacob consider.




They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the rulers with their lies.


And the man said, The woman whom thou gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And LORD God said to the woman, What is this thou have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.

And Samuel came to Saul. And Saul said to him, Blessed be thou of LORD. I have performed the commandment of LORD. And Samuel said, What then means this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to LORD thy God, and the rest we have utterly destroyed.


Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst. But thou said, It is in vain. No, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.

But they say, It is in vain. For we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.



Therefore thus says lord LORD: Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear, because ye have come to remembrance, ye shall be taken w



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?



and [then] come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered, that ye may do all these abominations?






Yet they went on to still sin against him, to rebel against the Most High in the desert.



Know ye not, that to what ye present yourselves as bondmen for obedience, ye are bondmen to what ye obey, whether of sin for death, or of obedience for righteousness?


And Samuel said, What have thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines assembled themselves together at Michmash, therefore I said, Now the Philistines will come down upon me to Gilgal, and I have not entreated the favor of LORD. I forced myself therefore, and offered the burnt-offering.


And the man said, The woman whom thou gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And LORD God said to the woman, What is this thou have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.


Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and sin as it were with a cart rope, who say, Let him make speed, let him hasten his work, that we may see it. And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it!


Thou also, bear thou thine own shame, in that thou have given judgment for thy sisters, through thy sins that thou have committed more abominable than they. They are more righteous than thou. Yea, be thou also confounded, and bear








The show of their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have done evil to themselves.


They encourage themselves in an evil purpose. They converse of laying snares secretly. They say, Who will see them?


They speak [vain] words, swearing falsely in making covenants. Therefore judgment springs up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

And though they say, As LORD lives, surely they swear falsely.


Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods that ye have not known, and [then] come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered, that ye may do all these abominations?


I will cause it to go forth, says LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him who swears falsely by my name. And it shall abide in the midst of his house, and shall consume it, with the


Then he said to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole land. For everyone who steals shall be cut off on the one side according to it, and everyone who swears shall be cut off on the other side according t







He also clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, and it came into his inward parts like water, and like oil into his bones.


Yea, he loved cursing, and it came to him. And he did not delight in blessing, and it was far from him.


Do not give what is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them by their feet, and having turn back may lacerate you.




said, O man full of all deceit and all recklessness, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, will thou not cease distorting the straight ways of Lord?











And there came forth a spirit, and stood before LORD, and said, I will entice him. And LORD said to him, With what? And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shall entice him, and shall also prevail. Go forth, and do so.


For some have already turned aside after Satan.








When the boughs of it are withered, they shall be broken off. The women shall come, and set them on fire, for it is a people of no understanding. Therefore he who made them will not have compassion upon them, and he who formed them

Therefore I will cast you forth out of this land into the land that ye have not known, neither ye nor your fathers, and there ye shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.


Let favor be shown to a wicked man, yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully, and will not behold the majesty of LORD.


The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. And in the night he is as a thief.

If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night (how thou are cut off!), would they not steal [only] till they had enough? If grape gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes?


And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.


Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods that ye have not known, and [then] come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered, that ye may do all these abominations?


The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, because they refuse to do justice.


The cords of the wicked have wrapped me around, [but] I have not forgotten thy law.


Thy rulers are rebellious, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They judge not the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come to them.


When thou saw a thief, thou consented with him, and have been partaker with adulterers.


For they do not know to do right, says LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.


And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem. Yea, they have committed iniquity.


The tents of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure. Into whose hand God brings [abundantly].


And they will deceive each one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Shall I not visit them for these things? says LORD. Shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?


And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness stands afar off. For truth has fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter. Yea, truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. And LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.


And they bend their tongue--their bow--for falsehood, and they have grown strong in the land, but not for truth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says LORD.


And they will deceive each one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves to commit iniquity.


No man sues in righteousness, and no man pleads in truth. They trust in vanity, and speak lies. They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.


Hear the word of LORD, ye sons of Israel, for LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land.


The best of them is as a brier. The most upright is [worse] than a thorn hedge. The day of thy watchmen, even thy visitation, has come. Now shall be their perplexity.

The devout man has perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men. They all lay in wait for blood. They hunt every man his brother with a net.


who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,





They speak falsehood everyone with his neighbor. With flattering lip, and with a double heart, they speak.

And if he comes to see [me], he speaks falsehood. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it.


He who said through the mouth of thy boy David, Why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate vain things?


Why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate vain {things (LXX/NT)}?


They have sown wheat, and have reaped thorns. They have put themselves to pain, and profit nothing. And ye shall be ashamed of your fruits, because of the fierce anger of LORD.

He who sows iniquity shall reap calamity, and the rod of his wrath shall fail.


Surely every man walks in a shadow. Surely they are disquieted in vain. He heaps up, and knows not who shall gather them.

This I say therefore, and solemnly declare in Lord, for you to walk no longer as also the other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,


When thou cry, let those whom thou have gathered deliver thee. But the wind shall take them; a breath shall carry them all away. But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.

Therefore he consumed their days in vanity, and their years in terror.


What is the Almighty that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray to him?

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God, and what profit is it that we have kept his charge, and that we have walked mournfully before LORD of hosts?


O LORD, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to thee the nations shall come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, [even] vanity and things in whic


For, uttering swollen things of vanity, they entice (to sensuality by lusts of flesh) those who actually escaped from those who live in error,


Thus says LORD: What unrighteousness have your fathers found in me, that they have gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and have become vain?


He devises iniquity upon his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He does not abhor evil.


But vain man is void of understanding. Yea, man is born [as] a wild donkey's colt.


For he knows FALSE men. He also sees iniquity. Will he not then consider it?


O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? Will ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.


Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.

He devises iniquity upon his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He does not abhor evil.

He who devises to do evil, men shall call him a mischief-maker.

But they say, It is in vain. For we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.



Do they not err who devise evil? But mercy and truth [are to] those who devise good.

He who shuts his eyes devises perverse things. He who moves his lips brings evil to pass.

And the instruments of the churl are evil. He devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks right.

And he said to me, Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity, and who give wicked counsel in this city,




Therefore, it is no great thing if his helpers also disguise themselves as helpers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.



As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together. The end of the wicked shall be cut off.

What fruit therefore did ye have then, of which things ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

But producing thorns and thistles it is unfit and near a curse, the end of which is for burning.

until I went into the sanctuary of God, and considered their latter end.


When therefore the chief priests and the subordinates saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify, crucify him! Pilate says to them, Ye take ye him and crucify, for I find no cause in him.

And likewise also the chief priests, ridiculing with the scholars, and elders, and Pharisees, said,

The heads of it judge for a bribe, and the priests of it teach for a wage, and the prophets of it divine for money. Yet they lean upon LORD, and say, Is not LORD in the midst of us? No evil shall come upon us.

Her prophets are airy and treacherous men. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

But the chief priests incited the crowd, so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means. And my people love to have it so. And what will ye do in the end thereof?

Her priests have done violence to my law, and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, nor have they caused men to discern between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their ey

Hear this, O ye priests, and hearken, O house of Israel, and give ear, O house of the king, for to you pertains the judgment. For ye have been a snare at Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way toward Shechem. Yea, they have committed iniquity.

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.



And be ye not like your fathers, and like your brothers, who trespassed against LORD, the God of their fathers, so that he gave them up to desolation, as ye see.

Behold, your house is left to you desolate.


And she said, The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free, but he knew not that LORD was departed from him.

And when Saul inquired of LORD, LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

So I let them go after the stubbornness of their heart, that they might walk in their own counsels.


But God turned, and gave them over to serve the host of heaven, just as it is written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer to me slain beasts and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?


Surely thou will kill the wicked, O God. Depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.


wild waves of the sea foaming out their own shame, wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved into an age.

His own iniquities shall take a wicked man, and he shall be held with the cords of his sin.

For in the hand of LORD there is a cup, and the wine foams. It is full of mixture, and he pours out of the same, surely [to] the dregs of it. All the wicked of the earth shall drain them, and drink them.

But thou, O God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days, but I will trust in thee.

A wicked man shall see it, and be grieved. He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away. The desire of wicked men shall perish.

When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they shall be destroyed forever,


For yet a little while, and the wicked man shall not be. Yea, thou shall diligently consider his place, and he shall not be.



The wicked man travails with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.


And Samuel said to Saul, Why have thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am greatly distressed, for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answers me no more, neither by prophets, no

In the morning thou shall say, Would it were evening! and at evening thou shall say, Would it were morning! for the fear of thy heart which thou shall fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shall see.

Good understanding gives favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard.


Wherever they went out, the hand of LORD was against them for evil, as LORD had spoken, and as LORD had sworn to them. And they were exceedingly distressed.



He who says to a wicked man, Thou are righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him.


He who is soon angry will deal foolishly. And a man of wicked devices is hated.

There is no assuaging of thy hurt. Thy wound is grievous. All who hear the report of thee clap their hands over thee, for upon whom has not thy wickedness passed continually?

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.


Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him, [saying],

And they shall go forth, and look upon the dead bodies of the men who have transgressed against me. For their worm shall not die, nor shall their fire be quenched, and they shall be an abhorring to all flesh.


So LORD scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.

They shall be put to shame, yea, confounded, all of them. They shall go into confusion together who are makers of idols.

who frustrates the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad, who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish,

He frustrates the devices of the crafty so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

Therefore their inhabitants were of small power. They were dismayed and confounded. They were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb. As the grass on the housetops, and as a field [of grain] before it is grown up.

Behold, all those who are incensed against thee shall be put to shame and confounded. Those who strive with thee shall be as nothing, and shall perish.

But LORD is with me as an awesome mighty one. Therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail. They shall be utterly put to shame, because they have not dealt wisely, even with an everlasting dishonor which shall

He leads counselors away stripped, and he makes judges fools.

who brings rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth as vanity.


He who causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit. But the perfect shall inherit good.

For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon the toils.

The nations are sunk down in the pit that they made. In the net which they hid, their own foot is taken.

He who digs a pit shall fall into it, and he who breaks through a wall, a serpent shall bite him.

Thorns [and] snares are in the way of a perverse man. He who keeps his soul shall be far from them.

He who digs a pit shall fall in it, and he who rolls a stone, it shall return upon him.

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.

And many shall stumble on it, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.


For they do not sleep unless they do evil. And their sleep is taken away unless they cause to fall.


Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, sons who deal corruptly! They have forsaken LORD. They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They have gone away backward.

who have whet their tongue like a sword, and have aimed their arrows, even bitter words,

wild waves of the sea foaming out their own shame, wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved into an age.

Thou love evil more than good, and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.


The wicked man plots against the righteous man, and gnashes upon him with his teeth.

But the wicked are like the troubled sea, for it cannot rest, and its waters cast up mire and dirt.



And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are settled on their lees, who say in their heart, LORD will not do good, nor will he do evil.

And that bondman who knew his lord's will, and who did not prepare, nor do according to his will, will be beaten much,


And I will punish the world for the evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. And I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

For, behold, LORD comes forth out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, wrath to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies. He will repay recompense to the islands.

And I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, says LORD. And I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it shall devour all that is round about her.


I also will do this to you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall consume the eyes, and make the soul to pine away. And ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.


If a man does not repent, he will whet his sword. He has bent his bow, and made it ready.

I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water. And I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says LORD of hosts.

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them. Because when I called, none answered. When I spoke, they did not hear. But they did that which was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I did not delight

then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them. And this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight. And Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

And it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you of which LORD your God spoke to you, so will LORD bring upon you all the evil things, until he has destroyed you from off this good land which LORD your God

But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.


For LORD will smite Israel as a reed is shaken in the water. And he will root up Israel out of this good land which he gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the River because they have made their Asherim, provoking LO

But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

God will likewise destroy thee forever. He will take thee up, and pluck thee out of thy tent, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

And LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as at this day.

then I will pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them. And this house, which I have hallowed for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

But having answered, he said, Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant, will be uprooted.


therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant.

Give glory to LORD your God, before he causes darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains. And, while ye look for light, he turns it into the shadow of death, and makes it gross darkness.

Surely thou set them in slippery places. Thou cast them down to destruction.


Therefore their way shall be to them as slippery places in the darkness. They shall be driven on, and fall in it. For I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, says LORD.

Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace, and there is no peace, and when [a man] builds up a wall, behold, they daub it with untempered [mortar], say to those who daub it with untempered [mortar], that it shall fall. There shall be an overflowing shower, and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall, and a stormy wind shall rend it.

And every man who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be compared to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the torrents came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell. And great was the fall of it.


And Abraham drew near, and said, Will thou consume righteous men with wicked men? Perhaps there are fifty righteous men within the city. Will thou consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous men that are in it? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay a righteous man with a wicked man, that so the righteous man should be as the wicked man. Far be it from thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? read more.
And LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous men within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak to the Lord, who am but dust and ashes. Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous men. Will thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, I will not destroy it, if I find there forty-five. And he spoke to him yet again, and said, Perhaps there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for the forty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Perhaps there shall be thirty found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak to the Lord. Perhaps there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for the twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Perhaps ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for the ten's sake.

And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was strained as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let thee go unless thou bless me. read more.
And he said to him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for thou have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Why is it that thou ask for my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, for, I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Then David the king went in, and sat before LORD. And he said, Who am I, O lord LORD, and what is my house, that thou have brought me thus far? And this was yet a small thing in thine eyes, O lord LORD, but thou have spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and this [too] according to the manner of men, O lord LORD! And what can David say more to thee? For thou know thy servant, O lord LORD. read more.
For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, thou have wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it. Therefore thou are great, O LORD God, for there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation on the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, and to make him a name, and to do great things for you, and awesome things for thy land, before thy people whom And thou established to thyself thy people Israel to be a people to thee forever, and thou, LORD, became their God. And now, O LORD God, the word that thou have spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do as thou have spoken. And let thy name be magnified forever, saying, LORD of hosts is God over Israel, and the house of thy servant David shall be established before thee. For thou, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee a house. Therefore thy servant has found in his heart to pray this prayer to thee. And now, O lord LORD, thou are God, and thy words are truth, and thou have promised this good thing to thy servant. Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee, for thou, O lord LORD, have spoken it. And with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed forever.

And Solomon stood before the altar of LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven. And he said, O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with thy servants, who walk before thee with all their heart, who have kept with thy servant David my father that which thou did promise him. Yea, thou spoke with thy mouth, and have fulfilled it with thy hand, as it is this day. read more.
Now therefore, O LORD, the God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou have promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only thy sons take heed to th Now therefore, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spoke to thy servant David my father. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee. How much less this house that I have built! Yet have thou respect to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken to the cry and to the prayer which thy servant prays before thee this day, that thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place whereof thou have said, My name shall be there, to hearken to the prayer which thy servant shall pray toward this place. And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place. Yea, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and when thou hear, forgive. If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and he comes [and] swears before thine altar in this house, then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness. When thy people Israel are smitten down before the enemy because they have sinned against thee, if they turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication to thee in this house, then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again to the land which thou gave to their fathers. When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain because they have sinned against thee, if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin when thou afflict them, then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and send rain upon thy land, which thou have given to thy people for an inheritanc If there be famine in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blight, mildew, locust [or] caterpillar, if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there be, whatever prayer and supplication be made by any man, [or] by all thy people Israel, who shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house, then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and render to every man according to all his ways, whose heart thou know (for thou, even thou only, know the hearts of all the sons of men), that they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gave to our fathers. Moreover concerning the foreigner who is not of thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for thy name's sake (for they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy mighty hand, and of thine outstretched arm), when he shall come and pray toward this house, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to thee for, that all the peoples of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as does thy people Israel, and that they may know that this ho If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way thou shall send them, and they pray to LORD toward the city which thou have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name, then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. If they sin against thee (for there is no man that sins not), and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, afar off or near, yet if they shall rethink themselves in the land where they are carried captive, and turn again, and make supplication to thee in the land of those who carried them captive, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have if they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who carried them captive, and pray to thee toward their land, which thou gave to their fathers, the city which thou have chosen, and t then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling-place, and maintain their case, and forgive thy people who have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions by which they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them (for they are thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou brought forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron); that thine eyes may be open to the supplication of thy servant, and to the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken to them whenever they cry to thee. For thou separated them from among all the peoples of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spoke by Moses thy servant when thou brought our fathers out of Egypt, O lord LORD. And it was so, that, when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication to LORD, he arose from before the altar of LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread forth toward heaven. And he stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, Blessed be LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel according to all that he promised. There has not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by Moses his servant. LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers. Let him not leave us, nor forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his ordinances, which he commanded our fathers. And let these my words, with which I have made supplication before LORD, be near to LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel, as every day shall require, that all the peoples of the earth may know that LORD, he is God; there is none else. Let your heart therefore be perfect with LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

And it came to pass as he was in a certain place praying, that when he ceased, a certain man of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray as John also taught his disciples. And he said to them, When ye pray, say, Our Father in the heavens, hallowed be thy name. May thy kingdom come, may thy will happen on the earth as also in heaven. Give us our bread sufficient for each day. read more.
And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive every man who is indebted to us. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. And he said to them, Which of you will have a friend, and will go to him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves, since a friend arrived from the road to me, and I do not have what I would set before him, and that man from inside, having answered, would say, Do not cause toils for me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I am not able, after getting up, to give thee? I say to you, though he will not give him, after getting up, because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, having awaken, he will give him as many as he needs. And I say to you, ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and ye will find. Knock, and it will be opened. For every man who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. And which father of you, if the son will ask a loaf, will give him a stone, or also if a fish, in place of a fish will give him a serpent? Or if he should ask for an egg, will he give him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more the Father from heaven will give Holy Spirit to those who ask him?

And he also spoke a parable to them about it being necessary to always pray, and not to give up, saying, In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God, and did not regard man. And a widow was in that city, and she came to him, saying, Avenge me of my opponent. read more.
And for a time he would not, but after these things he said within himself, Although I fear not God, and regard not man, yet because this widow causes me a beating, I will avenge her, lest by no end of coming she give me a black eye. And the Lord said, Hear ye what the unrighteous judge says. And God, will he, no, not do the vengeance of his chosen who cry out to him day and night, and yet being patient toward them? I say to you, that he will do their vengeance speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he then find faith on the earth?






For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but LORD upholds the righteous.

Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall wail for vexation of spirit.

All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, but the horns of a righteous man shall be lifted up.

Then ye shall return and discern between the righteous man and the wicked man, between him who serves God and him who does not serve him.



They shall die grievous deaths. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried; they shall be as dung upon the face of the ground. And they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine. And their dead bodies shall be food fo


But I passed by, and, lo, he was not. Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

He shall die for lack of instruction. And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

So I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were praised in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity.

At eventide, behold, terror, [and] before the morning they are not. This is the portion of those who despoil us, and the lot of those who rob us.



Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, nor could they blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall. At the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, says LORD.

Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, As thy god, O Dan, lives, and, As the way of Beersheba lives, they shall fall, and never rise up again.

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way, but the wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness.

He who digs a pit shall fall into it, and he who breaks through a wall, a serpent shall bite him.

I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot, nor your brides when they commit adultery. For themselves go apart with harlots, and they sacrifice with the prostitutes. And the people who do not understand shall be ove

Moreover thou shall say to them, Thus says LORD: Shall men fall, and not rise up again? Shall he turn away, and not return?



But the hired man, and not being the shepherd, whose sheep are not his own, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep.

For I know this, that after my departure grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

And the Lord said to him, Now ye Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your interior is full of plundering and wickedness.

But if ye bite and devour each other, watch out that ye be not consumed by each other.

Ye desire and do not have, so ye murder. And ye envy and cannot obtain, so ye fight and make war. Ye do not have, because ye do not ask.

who devour widows' houses, and in pretence make long prayers. These will receive greater damnation.

But when the farmers saw him, they deliberated among themselves, saying, This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, so that the inheritance may become ours.


But thou, O God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days, but I will trust in thee.

For such as are blessed by him shall inherit the land, and those who are cursed by him shall be cut off.


Who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream,

Do not much wrong, nor be thou a fool. Why should thou die before thy time?

Yea, they have not been planted. Yea, they have not been sown. Yea, their stock has not taken root in the earth. Moreover he blows upon them, and they wither, and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble.

As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together. The end of the wicked shall be cut off.


So I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were praised in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity.

His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.


I said, I would scatter them afar, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men,

Let them be before LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth,

For it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and the name of it is covered with darkness.


LORD will not pardon him, but then the anger of LORD and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lay upon him, and LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.

Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven, and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.


Thou have rebuked the nations. Thou have destroyed the wicked. Thou have blotted out their name forever and ever.

Let his posterity be cut off. In the generation following let their name be blotted out.

And I will rise up against them, says LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and son's son, says LORD.


He will rain snares upon sinners. Fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.

the lord of that bondman will arrive in a day that he does not expect, and in an hour that he is not aware, and will cut him in two, and will place his portion with the unbelieving.

and he will cut him in two, and place his share with the hypocrites. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.

This is thy lot, the portion measured to thee from me, says LORD, because thou have forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.

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.

This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed to him by God.


He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. And he departed without being wanted. And they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchers of the kings.

They shall die grievous deaths. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried; they shall be as dung upon the face of the ground. And they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine. And their dead bodies shall be food fo

And the slain of LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, nor gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground.

Therefore thus says LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah. They shall not lament for him, [saying], Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! They shall not lament for him, [saying] Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!

Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness. None of them [shall remain], nor of their multitude, nor of their wealth. Neither shall there be eminency among them.


For LORD loves justice, and forsakes not his sanctified. They are preserved forever, but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Thou shall not be joined with them in burial, because thou have destroyed thy land. Thou have slain thy people. The seed of evil-doers shall not be named forever.

Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

If his sons be multiplied, it is for the sword. And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

Thou will destroy their fruit from the earth, and their seed from among the sons of men.

But draw near here, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the harlot.


The tents of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure. Into whose hand God brings [abundantly].

Thou are righteous, O LORD, when I contend with thee. Yet I would reason the case with thee. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all those at ease who deal very treacherously?

They have grown fat. They shine. Yea, they overflow in deeds of wickedness. They do not plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper. And they do not judge the right of the needy.

For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

I have seen a wicked man in great power, and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Behold, these are the wicked, and those who always prosper. They have possessed wealth.



A good man shall obtain favor of LORD, but he will condemn a man of wicked devices.

LORD brings the counsel of the nations to naught. He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.

But when [the matter] came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he had devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

He frustrates the devices of the crafty so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

In the pride of the wicked man the poor man is hotly pursued. Let them be taken in the devices that they have conceived.