Death Of The Wicked
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When a wicked person dies, his hope vanishes; and what he expected from his scheming comes to nothing.
You will die peacefully, and as they burned fires for your ancestors, the former kings who were before you, so they'll burn fires for you, wailing, "Oh how terrible, your majesty!"' For I've spoken the message," declares the LORD.
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Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king, and he reigned for eleven years in Jerusalem. He practiced what the LORD his God considered to be evil and never humbled himself before Jeremiah the prophet who spoke for the LORD. Zedekiah rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear allegiance in the name of God. Instead, he stiffened his resolve, and hardened his heart, and would not return to the LORD God of Israel.
After many rebukes, the stiff-necked man will be broken incurably, without any warning.
"He is petrified by terror that surrounds him on all sides; they chase at his heels. He is starved for strength; and is ripe for a fall. Something gnaws on his skin; a deadly disease consumes his limbs.read more.
Torn from the security of his home, he is brought before the king of terrors. "There's nothing in his tent that belongs to him; sulfur is scattered all over his dwelling place.
Why won't you look away from me? Why don't you leave me alone so I can swallow my saliva? So what if I sin? What have I done against you, you observer of humankind? Why have you made me your target? Why burden yourself with me? Why haven't you pardoned my transgression and taken away my iniquity? Now I'm about to lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I won't be around!"
"I don't take delight in the death of the wicked, do I?" asks the Lord GOD. "Shouldn't I rather delight when he turns from his wicked ways and lives?
Like sheep, they are destined for the realm of the dead, with death as their shepherd. The upright will have dominion over them in the morning; their strength will be consumed in the afterlife, so that they have no home.
But God told him, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. Now who will get the things you've accumulated?'
"One day, the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In the afterlife, where he was in constant torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus by his side.
But if the LORD creates something new, so that the ground opens its mouth and swallows them and everything that belongs to them and they all descend directly to Sheol while still alive, then you'll know that these men have spurned the LORD."
"One day, the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.
Those who do evil will perish. But those who wait on the LORD will inherit the land. Yet a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more. You will search for his place, but he will not be there.
Fearing the LORD prolongs life, but the wicked will not live long.