'Devise' in the Bible
To devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in bronze,
To devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze,
Why do the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?
For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those who are quiet in the land.
All who hate me whisper together about me; against me do they devise my hurt [imagining the worst for me].
No, in your heart you devise wickedness; you deal out in the land the violence of your hands.
They devise mischiefs in their heart; continually they gather together and stir up wars.
Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.
Do they not err who devise evil and wander from the way of life? But loving-kindness and mercy, loyalty and faithfulness, shall be to those who devise good.
He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass.
For their minds plot oppression and devise violence, and their lips talk of causing trouble and vexation.
Then [my enemies] said, Come and let us devise schemes against Jeremiah; for the law [of Moses] shall not perish from the priest [as this false prophet Jeremiah predicts], nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue [making a charge against him to the king], and let us not pay any attention to his words.
Then [the Spirit] said to me, Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,
Thus says the Lord God: At the same time thoughts shall come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan.
Without warning and stealthily he shall come into the most productive places of a province or among the richest men of a province [of Egypt], and he shall do that which his fathers have not done nor his fathers' fathers; he shall distribute among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds -- "but only for a time [the period decreed by God].
Although I have chastened them and trained and strengthened their arms, yet they think and devise evil against Me.
Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they perform and practice it because it is in their power.
What do you devise and [how mad is your attempt to] plot against the Lord? He will make a full end [of Nineveh]; affliction [which My people shall suffer from Assyria] shall not rise up the second time.
And oppress not the widow or the fatherless, the temporary resident or the poor, and let none of you devise or imagine or think evil against his brother in your heart.
And let none of you think or imagine or devise evil or injury in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, says the Lord.
Then the Pharisees went out and immediately held a consultation with the Herodians against Him, how they might [devise some means to] put Him to death.