The Rewards of the Wicked
May 22, 2009

Wicked - rasha in Hebrew from 7561; morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person:--+ condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong.
7561: a primitive root; to be (causatively, do or declare) wrong; by implication, to disturb, violate:--condemn, make trouble, vex, be (commit, deal, depart, do) wicked(-ly, -ness).
🔥 Psalm 91 NKJV Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
  1. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler & from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, & under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield & [b]buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall [c]bear you up, Lest you [d]dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion & the cobra,The young lion & the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will [e]set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, & I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him & honor him. 16 With [f]long life I will satisfy him, & show him My salvation.”
Footnotes:
  • Psalm 91:3 One who catches birds in a trap or snare 
  • Psalm 91:4 A small shield 
  • Psalm 91:12 lift 
  • Psalm 91:12 strike 
  • Psalm 91:14 exalt him 
  • Psalm 91:16 Lit. length of days 

​Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, & that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, & it grieved him at his heart.
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Gen 18:23 And Abraham drew near, & said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy & not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: & that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 & the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered & said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust & ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty & five, I will not destroy it. 29 And he spake unto him yet again, & said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. & he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. 30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, & I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. 32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, & I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
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Ex 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. 27 And Pharaoh sent, & called for Moses & Aaron, & said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, & I & my people are wicked. In being judged pharoah admits they are wicked!
🔥 Numbers 16: 26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, & touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
🔥 Deut 9:4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. 5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6 Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
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Deut 9:18 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days & forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger......Deut 9:26 I prayed therefore unto the LORD, & said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people & thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin: 28 Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, & because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.
🔥 Deut 13:9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; & thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, & thou givest him nought; & he cry unto the LORD against thee, & it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, & thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, & in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, & to thy needy, in thy land.
🔥 Deut 17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 3 And hath gone & served other gods, & worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4 And it be told thee, & thou hast heard of it, & enquired diligently, &, behold, it be true, & the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. 6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
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Deut 23:14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, & to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
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Deut. 25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked. 2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, & to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number. 3 Forty stripes he may give him, & not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, & beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee. 4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
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End of chapter on blessing & curses
Deut 28:20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, & rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, & until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
🔥 1 Sam 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, & maketh rich: he bringeth low, & lifteth up. 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, & lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, & to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, & he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, & the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
🔥 1 Sam 12:15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers. 16 Now therefore stand & see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes. 17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, & he shall send thunder & rain; that ye may perceive & see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king. 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; & the LORD sent thunder & rain that day: & all the people greatly feared the LORD & Samuel. 19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. 20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
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1 Sam 24:1 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
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1 Sam 25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light. 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died. 39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.

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1 Sam 30:22 Then answered all the wicked men & men of Belial, of those that went with David, & said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife & his children, that they may lead them away, & depart. 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, & delivered the company that came against us into our hand. 24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. 25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
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2 Sam 4:8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, & said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; & the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, & of his seed. 9 And David answered Rechab & Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, & said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, & slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: 11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, & take you away from the earth? 12 And David commanded his young men, & they slew them, & cut off their hands & their feet, & hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, & buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
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Esther 7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered & said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, & where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? 6 And Esther said, The adversary & enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king & the queen. 7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: & Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. 8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; & Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
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Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.    9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
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Job 8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, & thy lips with rejoicing. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

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Job (answers God) 9:20 Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me; Though I were blameless it would prove me perverse. "I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life. It is all one thing; Therefore I say, 'He destroys the blameless & the wicked.' NKJV
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Job 11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?.....18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, & thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 19 Also thou shalt lie down, & none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee. 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
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Job 15:20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.    26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, & maketh collops of fat on his flanks.    28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, & in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. 30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, & by the breath of his mouth shall he go away. 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, & his branch shall not be green. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, & shall cast off his flower as the olive. 34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35 They conceive mischief, & bring forth vanity, & their belly prepareth deceit.
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Job 16:1 Then Job answered & said, 2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. 3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, & shake mine head at you. 5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, & the moving of my lips should asswage your grief. 6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: & though I forbear, what am I eased? 7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face. 9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. 13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. 15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. 16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. 18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. 20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! 22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
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Job 18 The Message (MSG)
Bildad’s Second Attack - Plunged from Light into Darkness
18:1-4 Bildad from Shuhah chimed in: “How monotonous these word games are getting!Get serious! We need to get down to business. Why do you treat your friends like slow-witted animals? You look down on us as if we don’t know anything. Why are you working yourself up like this? Do you want the world redesigned to suit you? Should reality be suspended to accommodate you? 5-21 “Here’s the rule: The light of the wicked is put out. Their flame dies down and is extinguished. Their house goes dark—every lamp in the place goes out. Their strong strides weaken, falter; they stumble into their own traps. They get all tangled up in their own red tape, Their feet are grabbed & caught, their necks in a noose. They trip on ropes they’ve hidden, and fall into pits they’ve dug themselves. Terrors come at them from all sides. They run helter-skelter. The hungry grave is ready to gobble them up for supper, To lay them out for a gourmet meal, a treat for ravenous Death. They are snatched from their home sweet home & marched straight to the death house. Their lives go up in smoke, acid rain soaks their ruins. Their roots rot & their branches wither. They’ll never again be remembered—nameless in unmarked graves. They are plunged from light into darkness, banished from the world. And they leave empty-handed—not one single child—nothing to show for their life on this earth. Westerners are aghast at their fate, easterners are horrified: ‘Oh no! So this is what happens to perverse people. This is how the God-ignorant end up!’”
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Job 20 Living Bible (TLB) 20The speech of Zophar the Naamathite: 2 “I hasten to reply, for I have the answer for you. 3 You have tried to make me feel ashamed of myself for calling you a sinner, but my spirit won’t let me stop. 4 “Don’t you realize that ever since man was first placed upon the earth, 5 the triumph of the wicked has been short-lived, and the joy of the godless but for a moment? 6 Though the godless be proud as the heavens and walk with his nose in the air, 7 yet he shall perish forever, cast away like his own dung. Those who knew him will wonder where he has gone. 8 He will fade like a dream. 9 Neither his friends nor his family will ever see him again.
10 “His children shall beg from the poor, their hard labor shall repay his debts. 11 Though still a young man, his bones shall lie in the dust. 12 “He enjoyed the taste of his wickedness, letting it melt in his mouth, 13 sipping it slowly, lest it disappear. 14 “But suddenly the food he has eaten turns sour within him. 15 He will vomit the plunder he gorged. God won’t let him keep it down. 16 It is like poison & death to him. 17 He shall not enjoy the goods he stole; they will not be butter and honey to him after all. 18 His labors shall not be rewarded; wealth will give him no joy. 19 For he has oppressed the poor and foreclosed their homes; he will never recover. 20 Though he was always greedy, now he has nothing; of all the things he dreamed of—none remain. 21 Because he stole at every opportunity, his prosperity shall not continue. 22 “He shall run into trouble at the peak of his powers; all the wicked shall destroy him. 23 Just as he is about to fill his belly, God will rain down wrath upon him. 24 He will be chased and struck down. 25 The arrow is pulled from his body—and the glittering point comes out from his gall. The terrors of death are upon him. 26 “His treasures will be lost in deepest darkness. A raging fire will devour his goods, consuming all he has left. 27 The heavens will reveal his sins, & the earth will give testimony against him. 28 His wealth will disappear beneath the wrath of God. 29 This is what awaits the wicked man, for God prepares it for him.”
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Job 21 Living Bible (TLB)
21 Job’s reply: 2-3 “Listen to me; let me speak, & afterwards, mock on. 4 “I am complaining about God,[a] not man; no wonder my spirit is so troubled. 5 Look at me in horror, & lay your hand upon your mouth. 6 Even I am frightened when I see myself. Horror takes hold upon me & I shudder. 7 “The truth is that the wicked live on to a good old age & become great & powerful. 8 They live to see their children grow to maturity around them, & their grandchildren too. 9 Their homes are safe from every fear, & God does not punish them. 10 Their cattle are productive, 11 they have many happy children, 12-13 they spend their time singing & dancing. They are wealthy and need deny themselves nothing; they are prosperous to the end. 14 All his despite the fact that they ordered God away and wanted no part of him and his ways. 15 “‘Who is Almighty God?’ they scoff. ‘Why should we obey him? What good will it do us?’ 16 “Look, everything the wicked touch has turned to gold! But I refuse even to deal with people like that. 17 Yet the wicked get away with it every time. They never have trouble, & God skips them when he distributes his sorrows and anger. 18 Are they driven before the wind like straw? Are they carried away by the storm? Not at all! 19 “‘Well,’ you say, ‘at least God will punish their children!’ But I say that God should punish the man who sins, not his children! Let him feel the penalty himself. 20 Yes, let him be destroyed for his iniquity. Let him drink deeply of the anger of the Almighty. 21 For when he is dead, then he will never again be able to enjoy his family.b22 “But who can rebuke God, the supreme Judge? 23-24 He destroys those who are healthy, wealthy, fat, and prosperous; 25 God also destroys those in deep and grinding poverty who have never known anything good. 26 Both alike are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same worms.
27 “I know what you are going to say— 28 you will tell me of rich and wicked men who came to disaster because of their sins. 29 But I reply, Ask anyone who has been around and he can tell you the truth, 30-32 that the evil man is usually spared in the day of calamity and allowed to escape. No one rebukes him openly. No one repays him for what he has done. And an honor guard keeps watch at his grave. 33 A great funeral procession precedes and follows him as the soft earth covers him. 34 How can you comfort me when your whole premise is so wrong?”
Footnotes:
  • Job 21:4 I am complaining about God, implied. 
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Job 24: 9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, & take a pledge of the poor. 10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, & they take away the sheaf from the hungry; 11 Which make oil within their walls, & tread their winepresses, & suffer thirst. 12 Men groan from out of the city, & the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them. 13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. 14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. 17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death. 18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 19 Drought & heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. 20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21 the evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: & doeth not good to the widow. 22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. 23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
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Job 31 Complete Jewish Bible 
1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to let them lust after any girl. 2 “What share does God give from above? What is the heritage from Shaddai on high? 3 Isn’t it calamity to the unrighteous? disaster to those who do evil? 4 Doesn’t he see my ways & count all my steps? 5 “If I have gone along with falsehood, if my feet have hurried to deceit; 6 then let me be weighed on an honest scale, so that God will know my integrity. 7 “If my steps have wandered from the way, if my heart has followed my eyes, if the least dirt has stuck to my hands; 8 then let me sow and someone else eat, let what grows from my fields be uprooted. 9 “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door; 10 then let my wife grind for another man, & let others kneel on her. 11 For that would be a heinous act, a criminal offense, 12 a fire that would burn to the depths of Abaddon, uprooting all I produce. 13 “If I ever rejected my slave or slave-girl’s cause, when they brought legal action against me; 14 then what would I do if God stood up? Were he to intervene, what answer could I give?
15 Didn’t he who made me in the womb make them too? Didn’t the same one shape us both before our birth? 16 “If I held back anything needed by the poor or made a widow’s eye grow dim [with tears], 17 or ate my portion of food by myself, without letting the orphan eat any of it —18 No! From my youth he grew up with me as if with a father, & I have been her guide from my mother’s womb! —19 or if I saw a traveler needing clothing, someone in need who had no covering, 20 who didn’t bless me from his heart for being warmed with the fleece from my sheep, 21 or if I lifted my hand against an orphan, knowing that no one would dare charge me in court; 22 then let my arm fall from its socket, & let my forearm be broken at the elbow! 23 For calamity from God has always terrified me; before his majesty I could never do a thing [like that]. 24 “If I made gold my hope, if I said to fine gold, ‘You are my security,’ 25 if I took joy in my great wealth, in my having acquired so much; 26 or if, on seeing the shining sun or the full moon as it moved through the sky, 27 my heart was secretly seduced, so that I would wave them a kiss with my hand; 28 then this too would be a criminal offense, for I would have been lying to God on high. 29 “Did I rejoice at the destruction of him who hated me? Was I filled with glee when disaster overtook him? 30 No, I did not allow my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse. 31 “Was there anyone in my tent who didn’t say, ‘No one can find a single person whom he has not filled with his meat’? 32  No stranger had to sleep in the street; I kept my house open to the traveler. 33 “If I concealed my sins, as most people do,by hiding my wrongdoing in my heart, 34 from fear of general gossip or dread of some family’s contempt. keeping silent and not going outdoors —
35 I wish I had someone who would listen to me! Here is my signature; let Shaddai answer me! I wish I had the indictment my adversary has written! 36 I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me like a crown. 37 I would declare to him every one of my steps; I would approach him like a prince. 38 “If my land cried out against me, if its furrows wept together, 39 if I ate its produce without paying or made its owners despair; 40 then let thistles grow instead of wheat & noxious weeds instead of barley! “The words of Job are finished.”
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Job 33 Living Bible (TLB)
33:1 “Please listen, Job, to what I have to say. 2 I have begun to speak; now let me continue. 3 I will speak the truth with all sincerity. 4 For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 5 Don’t hesitate to answer me if you can. 6 “Look, I am the one you were wishing for, someone to stand between you and God and to be both his representative and yours. 7 You need not be frightened of me. I am not some person of renown to make you nervous and afraid. I, too, am made of common clay.
8 “You have said it in my hearing, yes, you’ve said it again and again— 9 ‘I am pure, I am innocent; I have not sinned.’ 10 You say God is using a fine-tooth comb to try to find a single fault, and so to count you as his enemy. 11‘And he puts my feet in the stocks,’ you say, ‘and watches every move I make.’ 12 “All right, here is my reply: In this very thing, you have sinned by speaking of God that way. For God is greater than man. 13 Why should you fight against him just because he does not give account to you of what he does? 14 “For God speaks again and again, 15 in dreams, in visions of the night when deep sleep falls on men as they lie on their beds. 16 He opens their ears in times like that & gives them wisdom & instruction, 17-18 causing them to change their minds, & keeping them from pride, & warning them of the penalties of sin, & keeping them from falling into some trap. 19 “Or God sends sickness and pain, even though no bone is broken, 20 so that a man loses all taste and appetite for food and doesn’t care for even the daintiest dessert. 21 He becomes thin, mere skin and bones, 22 & draws near to death.
23-24 “But if a messenger from heaven is there to intercede for him as a friend, to show him what is right, then God pities him and says,[a] ‘Set him free. Do not make him die, for I have found a substitute.’ 25 Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s, firm and youthful again. 26 And when he prays to God, God will hear and answer and receive him with joy, and return him to his duties. 27 And he will declare to his friends, ‘I sinned, but God let me go. 28 He did not let me die. I will go on living in the realm of light.’ 29 “Yes, God often does these things for man— 30 brings back his soul from the pit, so that he may live in the light of the living. 31Mark this well, O Job. Listen to me, and let me say more. 32 But if you have anything to say at this point, go ahead. I want to hear it, for I am anxious to justify you. 33 But if not, then listen to me. Keep silence and I will teach you wisdom!”
Footnotes:
  • Job 33:23 then God pities him & says, or “and if the Angel says.” 
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Job 35:9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. 10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven? 12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men. 13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
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Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; & caused the dayspring to know his place; 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14 It is turned as clay to the seal; & they stand as a garment. 15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, & the high arm shall be broken.
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Job 40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty & excellency; & array thyself with glory & beauty. 11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. 12 Look on every one that is proud, & bring him low; & tread down the wicked in their place.
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Psalm 5 Living Bible (TLB)
5:1-2 O Lord, hear me praying; listen to my plea, O God my King, for I will never pray to anyone but you. 3 Each morning I will look to you in heaven & lay my requests before you, praying earnestly. 4 I know you get no pleasure from wickedness & cannot tolerate the slightest sin. 5 Therefore, proud sinners will not survive your searching gaze, for how you hate their evil deeds. 6 You will destroy them for their lies; how you abhor all murder & deception. 7 But as for me, I will come into your Temple protected by your mercy & your love; I will worship you with deepest awe. 8 Lord, lead me as you promised me you would; otherwise my enemies will conquer me. Tell me clearly what to do, which way to turn. 9 For they cannot speak one truthful word. Their hearts are filled to the brim with wickedness. Their suggestions are full of the stench of sin & death. Their tongues are filled with flatteries to gain their wicked ends. 10 O God, hold them responsible. Catch them in their own traps; let them fall beneath the weight of their own transgressions, for they rebel against you. 11 But make everyone rejoice who puts his trust in you. Keep them shouting for joy because you are defending them. Fill all who love you with your happiness. 12 For you bless the godly man, O Lord; you protect him with your shield of love.





Proverbs 1:10-19 NKJV
0 My son, if sinners entice you,Do not consent. 11 If they say, "Come with us,Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse" —  15  My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners. 

Proverbs 1:23-33 NKJV
23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25  Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. 
28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil." 

Proverbs 2:7-8 NKJV   He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;  He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. 

Proverbs 2:21-22 NKJV  For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it; 22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. 

Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJV Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught. 

Proverbs 3:33-35 NKJV  The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.  34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.  35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools. 

Proverbs 4:19 NKJV    The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble. 

Regarding giving in to lust and adultery
Proverbs 5:10-11 NKJV  Lest aliens be filled with your wealth,
And your labors go to the house of a foreigner; 11 And you mourn at last,
When your flesh and your body are consumed, 

Proverbs 5:22-23 NKJV   His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin. 23 He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. 

Proverbs 6:9-11 NKJV How long will you slumber, O sluggard?  When will you rise from your sleep?  10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep —  11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man. 

Proverbs 6:12-15 NKJV A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth;  13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;  14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord.  15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. 

Proverbs 6:32-33 NKJV Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. 33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away. 
Re: the Seductress
Proverbs 7:24-27 NKJV  Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:  25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths;  26 For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men.  27 Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death. 

Proverbs 8:36 NKJV  But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death." 

Proverbs 10:2-3 NKJV Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death.  3 The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked. 

Proverbs 10:4 NKJV  He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 

Proverbs 10:9 NKJV  He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.

Proverbs 10:23-25 NKJV To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.  24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him,
And the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation. 

Proverbs 10:27-29 NKJV The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. 28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.  29 The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. 

Proverbs 10:30-31 NKJV  The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth. 31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. 

Proverbs 11:3-6 NKJV  The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.  5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.  6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust. 

Proverbs 11:7-9 NKJV  When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of the unjust perishes.  8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead. 9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. 

Proverbs 11:17 NKJV The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. 

Proverbs 11:19 NKJV As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. 

Proverbs 11:20-21 NKJV  Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord,But the blameless in their ways are His delight. 
21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered. 

Proverbs 11:23-24 NKJV The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty. 

Proverbs 11:26 NKJV  The people will curse him who withholds grain,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. 

Proverbs 11:27-28 NKJV  He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.  28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. 

Proverbs 12:7-8 NKJV  The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom, But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised. 
Proverbs 12:12-13 NKJV  The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble. 

Proverbs 12:21 NKJV   No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil. 

Proverbs 13:2-3 NKJV  A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 

Proverbs 13:9 NKJV The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Proverbs 13:11 NKJV  Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
But he who gathers by labor will increase

Proverbs 13:13 NKJV  He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 

Proverbs 13:17-18 NKJV A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored. 

Proverbs 13:21 NKJV Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid. 

Proverbs 13:22 NKJV A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. 

Proverbs 13:25 NKJV The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul,
But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want. 

Proverbs 14:11-12 NKJV  The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
But the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 

Proverbs 14:14 NKJV   The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.  

Proverbs 14:17 NKJV A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated. 

Proverbs 14:19 NKJV The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

This one reminded me of Revelation, where it says I will make those who say they are Jews but are not, to bow down before you and know that I have loved you !

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. NKJV

Proverbs 14:32 NKJV  The wicked is banished in his wickedness,
But the righteous has a refuge in his death. 

Proverbs 14:34 NKJV  Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. 

So when a nation runs from righteousness, it is no longer exalted !

Proverbs 15:3 NKJV The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 

Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God.

Proverbs 15:6 NKJV In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble. 

Proverbs 15:10 NKJV  Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
And he who hates correction will die. 

Proverbs 15:25 NKJV The Lord will destroy the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow. 

Proverbs 15:27 NKJV He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,

Proverbs 15:29 NKJV The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous. 

Proverbs 16:4-5 NKJV The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. 

Proverbs 16:7 NKJV When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 

Proverbs 16:18 NKJV  Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 

Proverbs 16:25 NKJV There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 

GOING OUR OWN WAY ONLY LEADS TO DEATH !

Proverbs 16:27-30 NKJV An ungodly man digs up evil, snd it is on his lips like a burning fire.  28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good.  30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
He purses his lips and brings about evil. 

Proverbs 17:5 NKJV  He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 

Proverbs 17:15 NKJV  He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. 

Proverbs 17:19 NKJV He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction. 

He who exalts himself will get destruction in return.

Proverbs 18:1 NKJV  A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. 

Proverbs 18:21 NKJV  Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. 

Proverbs 19:9 NKJV A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies shall perish.

Proverbs 19:15-16 NKJV  Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger. 16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. 

Proverbs 19:18-19 NKJV  Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction.   19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. 

Proverbs 19:23 NKJV   The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. 

Proverbs 19:29 NKJV Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools. 

Proverbs 20:4 NKJV The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 

Proverbs 20:17 NKJV  Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel

Proverbs 20:20 NKJV Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will be put out in deep darkness. 

Proverbs 20:22 NKJV  Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.           [ Vengeance is MINE says the Lord , I WILL REPAY ! ]

Proverbs 20:30 NKJV  Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart. 
 Pain purges the heart of pride.

Proverbs 21:5-7 NKJV  The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. 6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.  7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice. 

Proverbs 21:12-13 NKJV The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. 13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard. 

Proverbs 21:15-18 NKJV  It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. 16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead. 17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich. 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright. 

Proverbs 21:25-26 NKJV The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. 26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare. 

Proverbs 21:31 NKJV The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord.

You can defend yourself all you want, but it is GOD Who decides who lives and dies !

Proverbs 22:3 NKJV A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 

Proverbs 22:8 NKJV  He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 
Proverbs 22:14 NKJV The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the Lord will fall there

Proverbs 22:16 NKJV  He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

Proverbs 22:22-23 NKJV  Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate; 23 For the Lord will plead their cause, And plunder the soul of those who plunder them. 

Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, 25 Lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul. 

Proverbs 23:4-7 NKJV Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! 5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 6 Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; 
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you,
But his heart is not with you. 

Proverbs 23:10-11 NKJV  Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless; 11 For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you. 

Proverbs 23:17-18 NKJV  Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; 18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off. 

Proverbs 23:20-21 NKJV  Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. 

Proverbs 23:27-28 NKJV  For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow well. 28 She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful among men. 

Proverbs 23:29-33 NKJV  Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause?  Who has redness of eyes? 30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. 31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; 32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. 

Proverbs 24:11-12 NKJV  Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  12 If you say, "Surely we did not know this,"Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? 

Proverbs 24:15-18 NKJV Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place;  16 For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;  18  Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him. 

Proverbs 24:19-22 NKJV  Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked; 20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.  21 My son, fear the Lord and the king;
Do not associate with those given to change; 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring? 

Proverbs 24:24-25 NKJV  He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him. 25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, And a good blessing will come upon them. 

Proverbs 25:19 NKJV  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble
Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint. 

Proverbs 25:21-22  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you. 
Proverbs 25:26 NKJV A righteous man who falters before the wicked
Is like a murky spring and a polluted well. 

Proverbs 26:6 NKJV He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. 

Proverbs 26:12 NKJV  Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him. 

Proverbs 26:24-27 NKJV   He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
And lays up deceit within himself;  25 When he speaks kindly, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart;  26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. 27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. 

Proverbs 27:20 NKJV  Hell and Destruction are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied. 

Proverbs 28:1 NKJV The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. 

Proverbs 28:4-5 NKJV  Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
But such as keep the law contend with them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all. 

Proverbs 28:8 NKJV  One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion gathers it for him who will pity the poor. 

Proverbs 28:9 NKJV  One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination. 

Proverbs 28:10 NKJV  Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good

Proverbs 28:13 NKJV   He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy
Proverbs 28:14 NKJV  Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Proverbs 28:15 NKJV  Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people. 

This reminded me of the recent sightings of BEARS in L.A.  I kept feeling they were a sign…perhaps it is symbolic of the rulers we have had. There were four sightings in a week this last week.

Proverbs 28:17 NKJV   A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;  Let no one help him. 

Proverbs 28:18-20 NKJV  Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.  19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!  20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. 

Proverbs 28:22 NKJV  A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that poverty will come upon him. 

Proverbs 28:25 NKJV  He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. 

Proverbs 28:26-28 NKJV He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered. 27 He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses. 28 When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase. 

Proverbs 29:1 NKJV He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 

Proverbs 29:5-6 NKJV A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.  By transgression an evil man is snared, But the righteous sings and rejoices. 


Proverbs 29:9 NKJV  If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace

Proverbs 29:15-16 NKJV The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.  16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; But the righteous will see their fall. 

Proverbs 29:27 NKJV  An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked. 

Proverbs 30:11-14 NKJV There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.  13 There is a generation — oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.  14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men. 

This reminded me of 2 Tim 3 in describing end times generation.

Proverbs 30:17 NKJV  The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it. 

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