What Many Think About Wicked People!

Psalm 73

David is writing about the wicked of his day. (It sounds a bit like the Rich who become leaders and the leaders who become rich today,)

73:1   Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.
  For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
  For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.
  They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
  Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
  Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.
  They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
  They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
10   Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.<a class="fn" href="http://logoscreative.co/api/bcp-reading.php?passage=Ps.%2073#f1-1&quot; id="fb1-1" title="Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them“>1
11   And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12   Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.
13   All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
14   For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.
15   If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
16   But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17   until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
18   Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.
19   How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!
20   Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21   When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,
22   I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.
23   Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
24   You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25   Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26   My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength<a class="fn" href="http://logoscreative.co/api/bcp-reading.php?passage=Ps.%2073#f2-1&quot; id="fb2-1" title="Hebrew rock“>2 of my heart and my portion forever.
27   For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28   But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

What God Says About the Wicked!

Jeremiah 22:13–23

13   “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages,
14   who says, ‘I will build myself a great house with spacious upper rooms,’ who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar and painting it with vermilion.
15   Do you think you are a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.
16   He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me?declares the LORD.
17   But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood,
 and for practicing oppression and violence.”
18 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: “They shall not lament for him, saying, ‘Ah, my brother!’ or ‘Ah, sister!’ They shall not lament for him, saying, ‘Ah, lord!’ or ‘Ah, his majesty!’
19   With the burial of a donkey he shall be buried, dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”
20   “Go up to Lebanon, and cry out, and lift up your voice in Bashan; cry out from Abarim, for all your lovers are destroyed.
21   I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not listen.’ This has been your way from your youth, that you have not obeyed my voice.
22   The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds, and your lovers shall go into captivity; then you will be ashamed and confounded because of all your evil.
23   O inhabitant of Lebanon, nested among the cedars, how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you, pain as of a woman in labor

(Sorry about the length, but I felt all was required.)

Author: livinginthemastersshadow

Christian, Conservative, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Retired Engineer, Firefighter, Paramedic, Elder in the Church, Hunter, Fisherman and Fisher of men

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