Take out the spear and the ax to confront the one who pursues me; say to me, "I am your deliverer!"
Let not the slanderer become established in the land. May evil quickly hunt down the violent man.
"Ephraim feeds on the wind, chasing after the eastern winds, storing up lies and desolation day after day. They are making a contract with the Assyrians, and sending oil to Egypt.
Therefore pride is their necklace and violence covers them like a garment.
Blessings come upon the head of the righteous, but the words of the wicked conceal violence.
What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.
"Violence has matured into a branch that is wicked. No one will survive from that vast crowd, from their wealthy people, or from the famous among them.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and they drink the wine of violence.
Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
From the fruit of his words a man receives benefit, but the treacherous crave violence.
Because they do not know how to act right," declares the LORD, "they are filling their strongholds with treasures that they took from others by violence into their fortified citadels."
"Disbelieving that a day of evil will come, embracing opportunities to commit violence,
because they plan violence, and they are always talking about trouble.
As a matter of fact, in your heart you plan iniquities! In the land your hands are violent!
"They all come to oppress hordes of them, their faces pressing onward they take prisoners as numerous as the desert sand!
I once observed a wicked and oppressive person, flourishing like a green tree in native soil.
"Now suppose that person produces a son who's violent, a murderer, and practices any of these things,
Since your vast business dealings filled you with violent intent from top to bottom, you sinned, so I cast you away as defiled from the mountain of God. I destroyed you, you guardian cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
""During those years, many will rebel against the southern king. The more violent ones among your people will rebel in order to fulfill this vision, but they will fail.
A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men attain wealth.
"From the days of John the Baptist until the present, the kingdom from heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people have been attacking it,
"The Law and the Prophets remained until John. Since then, the good news about the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone entering it is under attack.
Indeed, the violence done to Lebanon will overtake you, and the destruction of the beasts will terrorize you because you shed human blood and did violence to the land, to the city, and to all who live in it."
"Woe to the one who founds a city upon bloodshed, and constructs a city by lawlessness.
At the same time, I'll punish every idol worshipper, especially those who are filling their master's temple with violence and deceit.
Because you plundered many nations, all of their remnants will plunder you. Human blood has been shed, and violence has been done to the land, to the city, and to all who live in it."