Arrogance, Characterizes The Wicked
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For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted;
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised. For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings;
the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord. In all his scheming,
the wicked arrogantly thinks:
“There is no accountability,
since God does not exist.”read more.
His ways are always secure;
Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight;
he scoffs at all his adversaries. He says to himself, “I will never be moved—
from generation to generation without calamity.” Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth;
trouble and malice are under his tongue. He waits in ambush near the villages;
he kills the innocent in secret places.
His eyes are on the lookout for the helpless; he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize the afflicted;
he seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net. So he is oppressed and beaten down;
the helpless fall because of his strength. He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He hides His face and will never see.”
For I envied the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have an easy time until they die,
and their bodies are well fed. They are not in trouble like others;
they are not afflicted like most people.read more.
Therefore, pride is their necklace,
and violence covers them like a garment. Their eyes bulge out from fatness;
the imaginations of their hearts run wild. They mock, and they speak maliciously;
they arrogantly threaten oppression. They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues strut across the earth. Therefore His people turn to them
and drink in their overflowing words. The wicked say, “How can God know?
Does the Most High know everything?” Look at them—the wicked!
They are always at ease,
and they increase their wealth.
Lord, how long will the wicked—
how long will the wicked gloat? They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast. Lord, they crush Your people;
they afflict Your heritage.read more.
They kill the widow and the foreigner
and murder the fatherless. They say, “The Lord doesn’t see it.
The God of Jacob doesn’t pay attention.”
So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape.”
And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,read more.
undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful.
All the people—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—will know it.
They will say with pride and arrogance: “The bricks have fallen,
but we will rebuild with cut stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will replace them with cedars.”
At the end of 12 months, as he was walking on the roof of the royal palace in Babylon, the king exclaimed, “Is this not Babylon the Great that I have built by my vast power to be a royal residence and to display my majestic glory?”
As much as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously,
give her that much torment and grief,
for she says in her heart,
“I sit as a queen;
I am not a widow,
and I will never see grief.”
For you said, “We have cut a deal with Death,
and we have made an agreement with Sheol;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through,
it will not touch us,
because we have made falsehood our refuge
and have hidden behind treachery.”
Now this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, plenty of food, and comfortable security, but didn’t support the poor and needy.
But Ephraim says:
“How rich I have become;
I made it all myself.
In all my earnings,
no one can find any crime in me
that I can be punished for!”
Look, his ego is inflated;
he is without integrity.
But the righteous one will live by his faith. Moreover, wine betrays;
an arrogant man is never at rest.
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
and like Death he is never satisfied.
He gathers all the nations to himself;
he collects all the peoples for himself.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else:
A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and astounded the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least of them to the greatest, and they said, “This man is called the Great Power of God!”
especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority.Bold, arrogant people! They do not tremble when they blaspheme the glorious ones;
So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.
Do not boast so proudly,
or let arrogant words come out of your mouth,
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and actions are weighed by Him.
When Jeremiah had finished speaking to all the people all the words of the Lord their God—all these words the Lord their God had sent him to give them— then Azariah son of Hoshaiah, Johanan son of Kareah, and all the other arrogant men responded to Jeremiah, “You are speaking a lie! The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to live there for a while!’