'Evil' in the Bible
But let your language be, 'Yes, yes,' or 'No, no.' Anything in excess of this comes from the Evil one.
and bring us not into temptation, but rescue us from the Evil one.'
Knowing their thoughts Jesus said, "Why are you cherishing evil thoughts in your hearts?
O vipers' brood, how can you speak what is good when you are evil? For it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.
When a man hears the Message concerning the Kingdom and does not understand it, the Evil one comes and catches away what has been sown in his heart. This is he who has received the seed by the road-side.
the field is the world; the good seed--these are the sons of the Kingdom; the darnel, the sons of the Evil one.
But an evil spirit of this kind is only driven out by prayer and fasting."
Then He asked them, "Are we allowed to do good on the Sabbath, or to do evil? to save a life, or to destroy one?" They remained silent.
For from within, out of men's hearts, their evil purposes proceed--fornication, theft, murder, adultery,
"An evil spirit of this kind," He answered, "can only be driven out by prayer."
"You should not have tried to hinder him," replied Jesus, "for there is no one who will use my name to perform a miracle and be able the next minute to speak evil of me.
Then Jesus said to them, "I put it to you all whether we are allowed to do good on the Sabbath, or to do evil; to save a life, or to destroy it."
"Blessed are you when men shall hate you and exclude you from their society and insult you, and spurn your very names as evil things, for the Son of Man's sake.
A good man from the good stored up in his heart brings out what is good; and an evil man from the evil stored up brings out what is evil; for from the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
He immediately cured many of diseases, severe pain, and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave the gift of sight.
and certain women whom He had delivered from evil spirits and various diseases--Mary of Magdala, out of whom seven demons had come,
they who have done what is right to the resurrection of Life, and they whose actions have been evil to the resurrection of judgement.
It is impossible for the world to hate you; but me it does hate, because I give testimony concerning it that its conduct is evil.
I do not ask that Thou wilt remove them out of the world, but that Thou wilt protect them from the Evil one.
But some grew obstinate in unbelief and spoke evil of the new faith before all the congregation. So Paul left them, and, taking with him those who were disciples, held discussions daily in Tyrannus's lecture-hall.
Towels or aprons, for instance, which Paul had handled used to be carried to the sick, and they recovered from their ailments, or the evil spirits left them.
But there were also some wandering Jewish exorcists who undertook to invoke the name of Jesus over those who had the evil spirits, saying, "I command you by that Jesus whom Paul preaches."
"Jesus I know," the evil spirit answered, "and Paul I have heard of, but who are you?"
And the man in whom the evil spirit was sprang on two of them, over-mastered them both, and treated them with such violence, that they fled from the house stripped of their clothes and wounded.
"I did not know, brethren," replied Paul, "that he was the High Priest; for it is written, 'Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of Thy people.'"
And why should we not say--for so they wickedly misrepresent us, and so some charge us with arguing--"Let us do evil that good may come"? The condemnation of those who would so argue is just.
For what I do is not the good thing that I desire to do; but the evil thing that I desire not to do, is what I constantly do.
I find therefore the law of my nature to be that when I desire to do what is right, evil is lying in ambush for me.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither the lower ranks of evil angels nor the higher, neither things present nor things future, nor the forces of nature,
and even then, though they were not then born and had not done anything either good or evil, yet in order that God's electing purpose might not be frustrated, based, as it was, not on their actions but on the will of Him who called them, she was told,
Let your love be perfectly sincere. Regard with horror what is evil; cling to what is right.
Pay back to no man evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and seemly in every one's esteem.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome the evil with goodness.
Your fidelity to the truth is everywhere known. I rejoice over you, therefore, but I wish you to be wise as to what is good, and simple-minded as to what is evil.
Therefore let us keep our festival not with old yeast nor with the yeast of what is evil and mischievous, but with bread free from yeast--the bread of transparent sincerity and of truth.
And in this they became a warning to us, to teach us not to be eager, as they were eager, in pursuit of what is evil.
Brethren, do not prove yourselves to be children in your minds. As regards evil, indeed, be utter babes, but as regards your minds prove yourselves to be men of ripe years.
Do not deceive yourselves: "Evil companionships corrupt good morals."
to put away, in regard to your former mode of life, your original evil nature which is doomed to perish as befits its misleading impulses,
Buy up your opportunities, for these are evil times.
For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world--the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.
And you, estranged as you once were and even hostile in your minds, amidst your evil deeds,
But now you must rid yourselves of every kind of sin--angry and passionate outbreaks, ill-will, evil speaking, foul-mouthed abuse--so that these may never soil your lips.
See to it that no one ever repays another with evil for evil; but always seek opportunities of doing good both to one another and to all the world.
Hold yourselves aloof from every form of evil.
But the Lord is faithful, and He will make you stedfast and will guard you from the Evil one.
and healthy language which no one can censure, so that our opponents may feel ashamed at having nothing evil to say against us.
not speak evil of any one, nor be contentious, but yield unselfishly to others and constantly manifest a forgiving spirit towards all men.
Such persons are mere babes. But solid food is for adults--that is, for those who through constant practice have their spiritual faculties carefully trained to distinguish good from evil.
Let no one say when passing through trial, "My temptation is from God;" for God is incapable of being tempted to do evil, and He Himself tempts no one.
Ridding yourselves, therefore, of all that is vile and of the evil influences which prevail around you, welcome in a humble spirit the Message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.
and the very people who speak evil of the noble Name by which you are called?
You believe that God is one, and you are quite right: evil spirits also believe this, and shudder."
That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits.
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. The man who speaks evil of a brother-man or judges his brother-man speaks evil of the Law and judges the Law. But if you judge the Law, you are no longer one who obeys the Law, but one who judges it.
But, as the case stands, it is in mere self-confidence that you boast: all such boasting is evil.
let him know that he who brings a sinner back from his evil ways will save the man's soul from death and throw a veil over a multitude of sins.
Rid yourselves therefore of all ill-will and all deceitfulness, of insincerity and envy, and of all evil speaking.
not requiting evil with evil nor abuse with abuse, but, on the contrary, giving a blessing in return, because a blessing is what you have been called by God to inherit.
For "He who wishes to be well-satisfied with life and see happy days-- let him restrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from deceitful words;
Let him turn from evil, and do good; Let him inquire for peace and go in pursuit of it.
For it is better that you should suffer for doing right, if such be God's will, than for doing evil;
and especially those who are abandoned to sensuality--craving, as they do, for polluted things, and scorning control. Fool-hardy and self-willed, they do not tremble when speaking evil of glorious beings;
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has existed from the very beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the Evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has existed from the very beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong and God's Message still has a place in your hearts, and you have overcome the Evil one.
We are not to resemble Cain, who was a child of the Evil one and killed his own brother. And why did he kill him? Because his own actions were wicked and his brother's actions righteous.
We know that no one who is a child of God lives in sin, but He who is God's Child keeps him, and the Evil one cannot touch him.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil one.
He who bids him Farewell is a sharer in his evil deeds.
Yet in just the same way these dreamers also pollute the body, while they set authority at naught and speak evil of dignities.
Alas for them; for they have followed in the steps of Cain; for the sake of gain they have rushed on headlong in the evil ways of Balaam; and have perished in rebellion like that of Korah!
These men are murmurers, ever bemoaning their lot. Their lives are guided by their evil passions, and their mouths are full of big, boastful words, while they treat individual men with admiring reverence for the sake of the advantage they can gain.
Your sufferings I know, and your poverty--but you are rich--and the evil name given you by those who say that they themselves are Jews, and are not, but are Satan's synagogue.
And he opened his mouth to utter blasphemies against God, to speak evil of His name and of His dwelling-place--that is to say, of those who dwell in Heaven.
And the men were severely burned; and yet they spoke evil of God who had power over the plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
and they spoke evil of the God in Heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their misconduct.
And heavy hail, that seemed to be a talent in weight, fell from the sky upon the people; and they spoke evil of God on account of the plague of the hail--because the plague of it was exceedingly severe.
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