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14 Bible Verses about Worldly Ambition
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Woe to those joining house to house, Field to field they bring near, till there is no place, And ye have been settled by yourselves In the midst of the land!
A Song of the Ascents, by David. Jehovah, my heart hath not been haughty, Nor have mine eyes been high, Nor have I walked in great things, And in things too wonderful for me. Have I not compared, and kept silent my soul, As a weaned one by its mother? As a weaned one by me is my soul.
That the singing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the profane for a moment, Though his excellency go up to the heavens, And his head against a cloud he strike -- As his own dung for ever he doth perish, His beholders say: 'Where is he?'read more.
As a dream he fleeth, and they find him not, And he is driven away as a vision of the night, The eye hath not seen him, and addeth not. And not again doth his place behold him.
Their heart is: Their houses are to the age, Their tabernacles to all generations. They proclaimed their names over the lands. And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off. This their way is folly for them, And their posterity with their sayings are pleased. Selah.read more.
As sheep for Sheol they have set themselves, Death doth afflict them, And the upright rule over them in the morning, And their form is for consumption. Sheol is a dwelling for him. Only, God doth ransom my soul from the hand of Sheol, For He doth receive me. Selah. Fear not, when one maketh wealth, When the honour of his house is abundant, For at his death he receiveth nothing, His honour goeth not down after him. For his soul in his life he blesseth, (And they praise thee when thou dost well for thyself.) It cometh to the generation of his fathers, For ever they see not the light. Man in honour, who understandest not, Hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off!
Whence are wars and fightings among you? not thence -- out of your passions, that are as soldiers in your members? ye desire, and ye have not; ye murder, and are zealous, and are not able to attain; ye fight and war, and ye have not, because of your not asking;
How hast thou fallen from the heavens, O shining one, son of the dawn! Thou hast been cut down to earth, O weakener of nations. And thou saidst in thy heart: the heavens I go up, Above stars of God I raise my throne, And I sit in the mount of meeting in the sides of the north. I go up above the heights of a thick cloud, I am like to the Most High.read more.
Only -- unto Sheol thou art brought down, Unto the sides of the pit.
Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because that thou hast been high in stature, And he yieldeth his foliage between thickets, And high is his heart in his haughtiness, I give him into the hand of a god of nations, He dealeth sorely with him, In his wickedness I have cast him out.
And also, because the wine is treacherous, A man is haughty, and remaineth not at home, Who hath enlarged as sheol his soul, And is as death that is not satisfied, And doth gather unto itself all the nations, And doth assemble unto itself all the peoples,
Because thou hast spoiled many nations, Spoil thee do all the remnant of the peoples, Because of man's blood, and of violence to the land, To the city, and to all dwelling in it. Woe to him who is gaining evil gain for his house, To set on high his nest, To be delivered from the hand of evil,
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for God doth know that in the day of your eating of it -- your eyes have been opened, and ye have been as God, knowing good and evil.'