They said, "Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth."
Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers;
The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
a Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are those who rise up against me.
Many there are who say of my soul,
“There is no help for him in God b.”
I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people
who have set themselves against me on every side.
You sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor?
Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood?
The arrogant shall not stand in your sight. You hate all workers of iniquity.
From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.
Yahweh examines the righteous, but the wicked and him who loves violence his soul hates.
Everyone lies to his neighbor.
They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.
May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips,
and the tongue that boasts,
who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail.
Our lips are our own.
Who is lord over us?"
“Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy,
I will now arise,” says Yahweh;
“I will set him in safety from those who malign him.”
The wicked walk on every side,
when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt.
They have done abominable works.
There is none who does good.
They have all gone aside.
They have together become corrupt.
There is none who does good, no, not one.
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and don’t call on Yahweh?
You frustrate the plan of the poor,
because Yahweh is his refuge.
Don’t fret because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness.
The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back, but the righteous give generously.
I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.
Let them vanish as water that flows away. When they draw the bow, let their arrows be made blunt.
For I was envious of the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They are free from burdens of men,
neither are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.
Violence covers them like a garment.
They scoff and speak with malice.
In arrogance, they threaten oppression.
They pour out arrogant words. All the evildoers boast.
I will set no vile thing before my eyes. I hate the deeds of faithless men. They will not cling to me.
Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; who said, "Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!"
An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.
Don’t be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them:
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.
for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them.
For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
Proverbs 27:13 [ESV]
Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father; but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
Don’t give your strength to women,
nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
lest they drink, and forget the law,
and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
Seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread, and wear our own clothing: only let us be called by your name. Take away our reproach."
At evening, behold, terror! Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.
The earth also is polluted under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell therein are found guilty. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs. Glory to the righteous! But I said, “I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!” The treacherous have dealt treacherously. Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.
He has swallowed up death forever! The Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the reproach of his people away from off all the earth, for Yahweh has spoken it.
Thus says Yahweh, "Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce, with which I have put her away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities were you sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away.
Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it can’t redeem? or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst.
I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who adorn yourselves with torches around yourselves; walk in the flame of your fire, and among the brands that you have kindled. You shall have this of my hand; you shall lie down in sorrow.
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you.
No weapon that is formed against you will prevail;
and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh,
and their righteousness which is of me,” says Yahweh.
Yahweh has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, "Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and foreigners shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored:
"For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all who work wickedness, will be stubble; and the day that comes will burn them up," says Yahweh of Armies, "that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?" But they were silent.
For they said, "Not during the feast, because there might be a riot of the people."
Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them; do you think that they were worse offenders than all the men who dwell in Jerusalem?
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him.
The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
They said to her, "You are crazy!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel."
The people shouted, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!"
For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment.
for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn’t bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not give false testimony,"[a] "You shall not covet," [b] and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." [c]
Let us walk properly, as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and lustful acts, and not in strife and jealousy.
For there are certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into indecency, and denying our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ.