Draw out also the spear and javelin and close up the way of those who pursue and persecute me. Say to me, I am your deliverance!
Let not a man of slanderous tongue be established in the earth; let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him [let calamity follow his evildoings].
Ephraim herds and feeds on the wind and pursues the [parching] east wind; every day he increases lies and violence, and a covenant is made with Assyria and oil is carried to Egypt.
Therefore pride is about their necks like a chain; violence covers them like a garment [like a long, luxurious robe].
Blessings are upon the head of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Violence has grown up into a rod of wickedness; none of [Israel] shall remain, none of their abundance, none of their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them or wailing for them.
For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet [of satisfactory delivery] and drinks the damage.
A good man eats good from the fruit of his mouth, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
For they know not how to do right, says the Lord, they who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.
O you who put far away the evil day [of punishment], yet cause the sitting of violence [upon you] to come near?
For their minds plot oppression and devise violence, and their lips talk of causing trouble and vexation.
No, in your heart you devise wickedness; you deal out in the land the violence of your hands.
They all come for violence; their faces turn eagerly forward, and they gather prisoners together like sand.
I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,
If he begets a son who is a robber or a shedder of blood, who does to a brother either of these sins of violence,
Through the abundance of your commerce you were filled with lawlessness and violence, and you sinned; therefore I cast you out as a profane thing from the mountain of God and the guardian cherub drove you out from the midst of the stones of fire.
In those times many shall rise up against the king of the South (Egypt); also the men of violence among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the visions [of Dan. 8 and 9], but they shall fail and fall.
A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him.
And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize -- "a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
Until John came, there were the Law and the Prophets; since then the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone strives violently to go in [would force his own way rather than God's way into it].
For the violence done to Lebanon will cover and overwhelm you; the destruction of the animals [which the violence frightened away] will terrify you on account of men's blood and the violence done to the land, to the city and all its inhabitants.
Woe to him who builds a town with blood and establishes a city by iniquity!
In the same day also will I punish all those who leap swiftly on or over the threshold [upon entering houses to steal], who fill their master's house with violence and deceit and fraud.
Because you [king of Babylon] have plundered many nations, all who are left of the people shall plunder you -- "because of men's blood and for the violence done to the earth, to the city and all the people who live in each city.