"The wicked prowl on every side,
when vileness is exalted among the sons of
"...concerning the transgression
of the wicked:
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
he flatters himself in his own eyes,
When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good."
"Everyone deals falsely.
They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace,
peace!’ when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had
No! They were not at all
ashamed; nor did they know how to blush."
"All those who hate me love death."
"I will set nothing wicked before my eyes..."
"For the wicked boasts of
his heart’s desire;
He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.
His ways are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
He has said in his heart, 'I shall not be moved;
I shall never be in adversity.'
His mouth is full of cursing
and deceit and oppression."
"These six things
the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren."
"The Lord has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil."
[In the next passage, God warns His
rebellious children, then comforts those who love Him -- those who
"tremble at His word":]
“Just as they have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their abominations,
So will I choose their delusions,
And bring their fears on them;
Because, when I called, no one answered,
When I spoke they did not hear;
But they did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight.”
"Hear the word of the Lord,
You who tremble at His word:
“Your brethren who hated you,
Who cast you out for My name’s sake...
they shall be
“Thus says the Lord of
hosts, the God of Israel: ‘You have seen all the calamity that I have
brought on Jerusalem and on all the cities of Judah... because of
their wickedness which they have committed to provoke Me to anger, in
that they went to burn incense and to serve other gods whom they did
not know, they nor you nor your fathers. However I have sent to you
all My servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying,
'Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate!” But they did
not listen or incline their ear to turn from their wickedness,
to burn no incense to other gods."
...many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because
lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he
who endures to the end shall be saved."
"[Israel] is oppressed and broken in judgment,
because he willingly walked by human precept."
‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I
have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his
way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you
die, O house of Israel?’"
all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written
for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore
him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."
"I charge you therefore before God
and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His
appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of
season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
"For the time
will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own
desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves
teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside
"But you be
watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
“...he who hears My word and
believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into
judgment, but has passed from death into life. ...
marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will
hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection
of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."
“And when He has come, He will
convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of
sin, because they do not believe in Me..." John 16:8-9
"Therefore we make it our aim,
whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the
things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;
but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now,
once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the
sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but
after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of
many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,
apart from sin, for salvation."
“...to execute judgment on all,
to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they
have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly
sinners have spoken against Him. These are grumblers, complainers,
walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words,
flattering people to gain advantage.
"But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles
of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be
in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the