For they stretched out against Thee evil, They devised a wicked device, they prevail not,
Who have devised evils in the heart, All the day they assemble for wars.
Draw me not with the wicked, And with workers of iniquity, Speaking peace with their neighbours, And evil in their heart.
Iniquity he deviseth on his bed, He stationeth himself on a way not good, Evil he doth not refuse.'
Till when do ye devise mischief against a man? Ye are destroyed all of you, As a wall inclined, a hedge that is cast down.
Woe to those devising iniquity, And working evil on their beds, In the light of the morning they do it, For their hand is -- to God.
Frowardness is in his heart, devising evil at all times, Contentions he sendeth forth.
Whoso is devising to do evil, Him they call a master of wicked thoughts.
The thought of folly is sin, And an abomination to man is a scorner.
Why have nations tumultuously assembled? And do peoples meditate vanity?
And those seeking my soul lay a snare, And those seeking my evil Have spoken mischievous things, And they do deceits meditate all the day.
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: And it hath come to pass in that day, Come up do things on thy heart, And thou hast thought an evil thought,
From thee hath come forth a deviser of evil Against Jehovah -- a worthless counsellor.
And the miser -- his instruments are evil, He hath counselled wicked devices, To corrupt the poor with lying sayings, Even when the needy speaketh justly.
The wicked is devising against the righteous, And gnashing against him his teeth.
The lips of my withstanders, Even their meditation against me all the day.
Thou hast heard their reproach, O Jehovah, All their thoughts against me,
The thoughts of the righteous are justice, The counsels of the wicked -- deceit.
Deceit is in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace is joy.
Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth are to those devising good,
For they have drawn near, As an oven is their heart, In their lying in wait all the night sleep doth their baker, Morning! he is burning as a flaming fire.
And I instructed -- I strengthened their arms, And concerning Me they think evil!
And widow, and fatherless, Sojourner, and poor, ye do not oppress, And the calamity of one another ye do not devise in your heart.
And each the evil of his neighbour ye do not devise in your heart, And a false oath ye do not love, For all these are things that I have hated, An affirmation of Jehovah.'
A heart devising thoughts of vanity -- Feet hasting to run to evil --
An abomination to Jehovah are thoughts of wickedness, And pure are sayings of pleasantness.
Woe to apostate sons, The affirmation of Jehovah! To do counsel, and not from Me, And to spread out a covering, and not of My spirit, So as to add sin to sin.
And He saith unto me, 'Son of man, these are the men who are devising iniquity, and who are giving evil counsel in this city;
Peaceably even into the fertile places of the province He cometh, and he hath done that which his fathers did not, nor his fathers' fathers; prey, and spoil, and substance, to them he scattereth, and against fenced places he deviseth his devices, even for a time.
'And he stirreth up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great force, and the king of the south stirreth himself up to battle with a very great and mighty force, and standeth not, for they devise devices against him,
Because that Aram counselled against thee evil, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, saying: