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When the LORD saw how great was man's wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. [GEN 6:5-6]

In the eyes of God the earth was corrupt and full of lawlessness. When God saw how corrupt the earth had become, since all mortals led depraved lives on earth, he said to Noah: "I have decided to put an end to all mortals on earth; the earth is full of lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them and all life on earth." [GEN 6:11-13]

WHEN the LORD smelled the sweet odor, he said to himself: "Never again will I doom the earth because of man, since the desires of man's heart are evil from the start; nor will I ever again strike down all living beings, as I have done." [GEN 8:21]

Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked in the sins they committed against the LORD. [GEN 13:13]

You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments. [EX 20:4-6]

"You shall not repeat a false report. Do not join the wicked in putting your hand, as an unjust witness, upon anyone." [EX 23:1]

You know well enough how prone the people are to evil. [EX 32:22]

Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship. Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own." [EX 34:8-9]

"Pardon, then, the wickedness of this people in keeping with your great kindness, even as you have forgiven them from Egypt until now." [NUM 14:19]

'Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I could not of my own accord to anything, good or evil, contrary to the command of the LORD'? Whatever the LORD says I must repeat. [NUM 24:13]

So in his anger with the Israelites the LORD made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD had died out. [NUM 32:13]

Then, as before, I lay prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights without eating or drinking, because of all the sin you had committed in the sight of the LORD and the evil you had done to provoke him. [DEUT 9:18]

"The LORD will put a curse on you, defeat and frustration in every enterprise you undertake, until you are speedily destroyed and perish for the evil you have done in forsaking me." [DEUT 28:20]

"For I know that after my death you are sure to become corrupt and to turn aside from the way along which I directed you, so that evil will befall you in some future age because you have done evil in the LORD'S sight, and provoked him by your deeds." [DEUT 31:29]

"If, after the good he has done for you, you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods, he will do evil to you and destroy you." [JOSH 24:20]

He will guard the footsteps of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall perish in the darkness. For not by strength does man prevail [Taken from 1SAM 2:9]

"Do not fear," Samuel answered them. "It is true you have committed all this evil; still, you must not turn from the LORD, but must worship him with your whole heart." [1SAM 12:20]

If instead you continue to do evil, both you and your king shall "perish." [1SAM 12:25]

The spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and he was tormented by an evil spirit sent by the LORD. [1SAM 16:14]

The old proverb says, 'From the wicked comes forth wickedness.' So I will take no action against you. [1SAM 24:14]

"Although I am the anointed king, I am weak this day, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too ruthless for me. May the LORD requite the evildoer in accordance with his evil deed." [2SAM 3:39]

And the king said to Shimei: "You know in your heart the evil that you did to my father David. Now the LORD requites you for your own wickedness." [1KGS 2:44]

Men will answer: 'They forsook the LORD, their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt; they adopted strange gods which they worshiped and served. That is why the LORD has brought down upon them all this evil.' [1KGS 9:9]

Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had done. [1KGS 11:6]

Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and by their sins angered him even more than their fathers had done. [1KGS 14:22]

But Omri did evil in the LORD'S sight beyond any of his predecessors. [1KGS 16:25]

Ahab, son of Omri, did evil in the sight of the LORD more than any of his predecessors. [1KGS 16:30]

"So now, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours, but the LORD himself has decreed evil against you." [1KGS 22:23]

The LORD appeared to Solomon during the night and said to him: "I have heard your prayer, and I have chosen this place for my house of sacrifice. If I close heaven so that there is no rain, if I command the locust to devour the land, if I send pestilence among my people, and if my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land." [2CHRON 7:12-14]

He did evil, for he had not truly resolved to seek the LORD. [2CHRON 12:14]

I said: "My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads and our guilt reaches up to heaven." [EZRA 9:6]

"As soon as they had relief, they would go back to doing evil in your sight. Then again you abandoned them to the power of their enemies, who crushed them. Then they cried out to you, and you heard them from heaven and delivered them according to your mercy, many times over." [NEH 9:28]

In all that has come upon us you have been just, for you kept faith while we have done evil. Yes, our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law; they paid no attention to your commandments and the obligations of which you reminded them. While they were yet in their kingdom, in the midst of the many good things that you had given them and in the wide and fertile land that you had spread out before them, they did not serve you nor did they turn away from their evil deeds. [NEH 9:33-35]

I took the nobles of Judah to task, demanding of them: "What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the sabbath day? Did not your fathers act in this same way, with the result that our God has brought all this evil upon us and upon this city? Would you add to the wrath against Israel by once more profaning the sabbath?" [NEH 13:17-18]

A king's secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you. [TOBIT 12:7]

Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. [Taken from TOBIT 12:8]

"So, my children, note well what almsgiving does, and also what wickedness does - it kills! But now my spirit is about to leave me." [TOBIT 14:11]

"As long as the Israelites did not sin in the sight of their God, they prospered, for their God, who hates wickedness, was with them." [JDTH 5:17]

It was a dark and gloomy day. Tribulation and distress, evil and great confusion, lay upon the earth. [ESTH A:7]

"O God, more powerful than all, hear the voice of those in despair. Save us from the power of the wicked, and deliver me from my fear." [ESTH C:30]

"For how can I witness the evil that is to befall my people, and how can I behold the destruction of my race?" [ESTH 8:6]

Many of the people, those who abandoned the law, joined them and committed evil in the land. [1MACC 1:52]

"Do not treat us according to our evil deeds," they said, "but according to your mercy." [1MACC 13:46]

Forever blessed be our God, who has thus punished the wicked! [2MACC 1:17]

The prayer was as follows: "Lord, Lord God, creator of all things, awesome and strong, just and merciful, the only king and benefactor, who alone are gracious, just, almighty, and eternal, Israel's savior from all evil, who chose our forefathers and sanctified them" [Taken from 2MACC 1:24-25]

And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?" [JOB 1:8]

And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, faultless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil? He still holds fast to his innocence although you incited me against him to ruin him without cause." [JOB 2:3]

But he said to her, "Are even you going to speak as senseless women do? We accept good things from God; and should we not accept evil?" Through all this, Job said nothing sinful. [JOB 2:10]

Out of six troubles he will deliver you, and at the seventh no evil shall touch you. [JOB 5:19]

And to man he said: Behold, the fear of the LORD is wisdom; and avoiding evil is understanding. [JOB 28:28]

By turning man from evil and keeping pride away from him, He withholds his soul from the pit and his life from passing to the grave. [JOB 33:17-18]

Therefore, men of understanding, hearken to me: far be it from God to do wickedness; far from the Almighty to do wrong! [JOB 34:10]

Surely, God cannot act wickedly, the Almighty cannot violate justice. [JOB 34:12]

There is no darkness so dense that evildoers can hide in it. [JOB 34:22]

Behold, God rejects the obstinate in heart; he preserves not the life of the wicked. [JOB 36:5]

He opens their ears to correction and exhorts them to turn back from evil. If they obey and serve him, they spend their days in prosperity, their years in happiness. But if they obey not, they perish; they die for lack of knowledge. [JOB 36:10-12]

But from the wicked the light is withheld, and the arm of pride is shattered. [JOB 38:15]

Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. [PS 1:1]

Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. [PS 1:5]

The LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin. [PS 1:6]

You are not a god who delights in evil; no wicked person finds refuge with you; the arrogant cannot stand before you. You hate all who do evil; you destroy all who speak falsely. Murderers and deceivers the LORD abhors. [PS 5:5-7]

Away from me, all who do evil! The LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my prayer; the LORD takes up my plea. My foes will be terrified and disgraced; all will fall back in sudden shame. [PS 6:9-11]

Bring the malice of the wicked to an end; uphold the innocent, O God of justice, who tries hearts and minds. [PS 7:10]

The LORD is revealed in this divine rule: by the deeds they do the wicked are trapped. To Sheol the wicked will depart, all the nations that forget God. [Taken from PS 9:17-18]

Why, LORD, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times? Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor; they trap them by their cunning schemes. The wicked even boast of their greed; these robbers curse and scorn the LORD. In their insolence the wicked boast: "God doesn't care, doesn't even exist." Yet their affairs always succeed; they ignore your judgment on high; they sneer at all who oppose them. They say in their hearts, "We will never fall; never will we see misfortune." Their mouths are full of oaths, violence, and lies; discord and evil are under their tongues. They wait in ambush near towns; their eyes watch for the helpless to murder the innocent in secret. They lurk in ambush like lions in a thicket, hide there to trap the poor, snare them and close the net. The helpless are crushed, laid low; they fall into the power of the wicked, Who say in their hearts, "God pays no attention, shows no concern, never bothers to look." Rise up, LORD God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor! Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, "God doesn't care"? But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans. Break the arms of the wicked and depraved; make them account for their crimes; let none of them survive. [PS 10:1-15]

For the leader. Of David. Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God. All have gone astray; all alike are perverse. Not one does what is right, not even one. Will these evildoers never learn? They devour my people as they devour bread; they do not call upon the LORD. They have good reason, then, to fear; God is with the company of the just. [Taken from PS 14:1-5]

Rise, O LORD, confront and cast them down; rescue me so from the wicked. [PS 17:13]

Though they intend evil against you, devising plots, they will not succeed, For you will put them to flight; you will aim at them with your bow. Arise, LORD, in your power! We will sing and chant the praise of your might. [PS 21:12-14]

Many dogs surround me; a pack of evildoers closes in on me. So wasted are my hands and feet that I can count all my bones. They stare at me and gloat; they divide my garments among them; for my clothing they cast lots. [PS 22:17-19]

I hate the company of evildoers; with the wicked I do not sit. [PS 26:5]

Do not let me be put to shame, for I have called to you, LORD. Put the wicked to shame; reduce them to silence in Sheol. [PS 31:18]

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but love surrounds those who trust in the LORD. [PS 32:10]

Keep your tongue from evil, your lips from speaking lies. [PS 34:14]

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. [PS 34:15]

The LORD'S face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears and rescues them from all distress. [PS 34:17-18]

Evil will slay the wicked; those who hate the just are condemned. [PS 34:22]

Let those who seek my life be put to shame and disgrace. Let those who plot evil against me be turned back and confounded. [PS 35:4]

Malicious witnesses come forward, accuse me of things I do not know. They repay me evil for good and I am all alone. Yet I, when they were ill, put on sackcloth, afflicted myself with fasting, sobbed my prayers upon my bosom. I went about in grief as for my brother, bent in mourning as for my mother. Yet when I stumbled they gathered with glee, gathered against me like strangers. They slandered me without ceasing; without respect they mocked me, gnashed their teeth against me. [PS 35:11-16]

Sin directs the heart of the wicked; their eyes are closed to the fear of God. For they live with the delusion: their guilt will not be known and hated. Empty and false are the words of their mouth; they have ceased to be wise and do good. In their beds they hatch plots; they set out on a wicked way; they do not reject evil. [PS 36:2-5]

For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light. Continue your kindness toward your friends, your just defense of the honest heart. Do not let the foot of the proud overtake me, nor the hand of the wicked disturb me. There make the evildoers fall; thrust them down, never to rise. [PS 36:10-13]

Those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD will possess the land. Wait a little, and the wicked will be no more; look for them and they will not be there. [PS 37:9-10]

The wicked plot against the just and grind their teeth at them; But the LORD laughs at them, knowing their day is coming. [PS 37:12-13]

Better the poverty of the just than the great wealth of the wicked. [PS 37:16]

The wicked perish, the enemies of the LORD; Like the beauty of meadows they vanish; like smoke they disappear. [PS 37:20]

The wicked borrow but do not repay; the just are generous in giving. [PS 37:21]

Turn from evil and do good, that you may inhabit the land forever. For the LORD loves justice and does not abandon the faithful. When the unjust are destroyed, and the children of the wicked cut off, The just will possess the land and live in it forever. [PS 37:27-29]

But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off. [PS 37:38]

The LORD helps and rescues them, rescues and saves them from the wicked, because in God they take refuge. [PS 37:40]

LORD, do not withhold your compassion from me; may your enduring kindness ever preserve me. For all about me are evils beyond count; my sins so overcome me I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head; my courage fails me. LORD, graciously rescue me! Come quickly to help me, LORD! [PS 40:12-14]

Why should I fear in evil days, when my wicked pursuers ring me round, Those who trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches? One cannot redeem oneself, pay to God a ransom. [PS 49:6-8]

But to the wicked God says: "Why do you recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your lips? You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you! When you see thieves, you befriend them; with adulterers you throw in your lot. You give your mouth free rein for evil; you harness your tongue to deceit. You sit maligning your own kin, slandering the child of your own mother. When you do these things should I be silent? Or do you think that I am like you? I accuse you, I lay the charge before you. Understand this, you who forget God, lest I attack you with no one to rescue. Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me; to the obedient I will show the salvation of God." [PS 50:16-23]

Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn. [PS 51:6]

Why do you glory in evil, you scandalous liar? All day long you plot destruction; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, you skillful deceiver. You love evil rather than good, lies rather than honest speech. You love any word that destroys, you deceitful tongue. Now God will strike you down, leave you crushed forever, Pluck you from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous will look on with awe; they will jeer and say: "That one did not take God as a refuge, but trusted in great wealth, relied on devious plots." But I, like an olive tree in the house of God, trust in God's faithful love forever. [Taken from PS 52:3-10]

Turn back the evil upon my foes; in your faithfulness, destroy them. [PS 54:7]

Let death take them by surprise; let them go down alive to Sheol, for evil is in their homes and hearts. But I will call upon God, and the LORD will save me. [PS 55:16-17]

The wicked have been corrupt since birth; liars from the womb, they have gone astray. [PS 58:4]

Deliver me from evildoers; from the bloodthirsty save me. [PS 59:3]

Hide me from the malicious crowd, the mob of evildoers. [PS 64:3]

To you we owe our hymn of praise, O God on Zion; To you our vows must be fulfilled, you who hear our prayers. To you all flesh must come with its burden of wicked deeds. We are overcome by our sins; only you can pardon them. [PS 65:2-4]

I called to the Lord with my mouth; praise was upon my tongue. Had I cherished evil in my heart, the Lord would not have heard. But God did hear and listened to my voice in prayer. Blessed be God, who did not refuse me the kindness I sought in prayer. [PS 66:17-20]

The wind will disperse them like smoke; as wax is melted by fire, so the wicked will perish before God. [PS 68:3]

My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of the violent. [PS 71:4]

Out of their stupidity comes sin; evil thoughts flood their hearts. [PS 73:7]

You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come. You need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked you will see. You have the LORD for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold. No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. [PS 91:5-10]

Though the wicked flourish like grass and all sinners thrive, They are destined for eternal destruction [Taken from PS 92:8]

How long, LORD, shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked glory? How long will they mouth haughty speeches, go on boasting, all these evildoers? They crush your people, LORD, torment your very own. [PS 94:3-5]

Happy those whom you guide, LORD, whom you teach by your instruction. You give them rest from evil days, while a pit is being dug for the wicked. You, LORD, will not forsake your people, nor abandon your very own. [PS 94:12-14]

The LORD loves those who hate evil, protects the lives of the faithful, rescues them from the hand of the wicked. [PS 97:10]

I shun the devious of heart; the wicked I do not tolerate. [PS 101:4]

May sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, my soul! Hallelujah! [PS 104:35]

Some fell sick from their wicked ways, afflicted because of their sins. [PS 107:17]

Fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its people. [PS 107:34]

Rage seizes me because of the wicked; they forsake your teaching. [PS 119:53]

Though the snares of the wicked surround me, your teaching I do not forget. [PS 119:61]

The wicked hope to destroy me, but I pay heed to your decrees. [PS 119:95]

I keep my steps from every evil path, that I may obey your word. [PS 119:101]

The wicked have set snares for me, but from your precepts I do not stray. [PS 119:110]

Depart from me, you wicked, that I may observe the commands of my God. [PS 119:115]

Like dross you regard all the wicked on earth; therefore I love your decrees. [PS 119:119]

The LORD will guard you from all evil, will always guard your life. [PS 121:7]

The scepter of the wicked will not prevail in the land given to the just, Lest the just themselves turn their hands to evil. [PS 125:3]

But the just LORD cut me free from the ropes of the yoke of the wicked. [PS 129:4]

Deliver me, LORD, from the wicked; preserve me from the violent, From those who plan evil in their hearts, who stir up conflicts every day [Taken from PS 140:2-3]

Keep me, LORD, from the clutches of the wicked; preserve me from the violent, who plot to trip me up. [PS 140:5]

LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let their plots succeed. [Taken from PS 140:9]

Slanderers will not survive on earth; evil will quickly entrap the violent. For I know the LORD will secure justice for the needy, their rights for the poor. Then the just will give thanks to your name; the upright will dwell in your presence. [PS 140:12-14]

Guard me from the trap they have set for me, from the snares of evildoers. Into their own nets let all the wicked fall, while I make good my own escape. [PS 141:9-10]

You, LORD, watch over all who love you, but all the wicked you destroy. [PS 145:20]

The LORD protects the stranger, sustains the orphan and the widow, but thwarts the way of the wicked. [PS 146:9]

The LORD sustains the poor, but casts the wicked to the ground. [PS 147:6]

For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will please your soul, Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you; Saving you from the way of evil men, from men of perverse speech, Who leave the straight paths to walk in the way of darkness, Who delight in doing evil, rejoice in perversity; Whose ways are crooked, and devious their paths [Taken from PROV 2:10-15]

Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the LORD and turn away from evil [Taken from PROV 3:7]

Plot no evil against your neighbor, against him who lives at peace with you. [PROV 3:29]

The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but the dwelling of the just he blesses [Taken from PROV 3:33]

The path of the wicked enter not, walk not on the way of evil men; Shun it, cross it not, turn aside from it, and pass on. For they cannot rest unless they have done evil; to have made no one stumble steals away their sleep. [PROV 4:14-16]

Turn neither to right nor to left, keep your foot far from evil. [PROV 4:27]

By his own iniquities the wicked man will be caught, in the meshes of his own sin he will be held fast [Taken from PROV 5:22]

There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers. [PROV 6:16-19]

Pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate. [Taken from PROV 8:13]

He who corrects an arrogant man earns insult; and he who reproves a wicked man incurs opprobrium. [PROV 9:7]

The LORD permits not the just to hunger, but the craving of the wicked he thwarts. [PROV 10:3]

The memory of the just will be blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. [PROV 10:7]

A fountain of life is the mouth of the just, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. [PROV 10:11]

The just man's recompense leads to life, the gains of the wicked, to sin. [PROV 10:16]

Like choice silver is the just man's tongue; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. [PROV 10:20]

What the wicked man fears will befall him, but the desire of the just will be granted. When the tempest passes, the wicked man is no more; but the just man is established forever. [PROV 10:24-25]

The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked are brief. [PROV 10:27]

The LORD is a stronghold to him who walks honestly, but to evildoers, their downfall. [PROV 10:29]

The lips of the just know how to please, but the mouth of the wicked, how to pervert. [PROV 10:32]

The honest man's virtue makes his way straight, but by his wickedness the wicked man falls. [PROV 11:5]

The wicked man makes empty profits, but he who sows virtue has a sure reward. Virtue directs toward life, but he who pursues evil does so to his death. [PROV 11:18-19]

Truly the evil man shall not go unpunished, but those who are just shall escape. [PROV 11:21]

The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath. [PROV 11:23]

He who seeks the good commands favor, but he who pursues evil will have evil befall him. [PROV 11:27]

If the just man is punished on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner! [PROV 11:31]

No man is built up by wickedness, but the root of the just will never be disturbed. [PROV 12:3]

The plans of the just are legitimate; the designs of the wicked are deceitful. [PROV 12:5]

The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright saves them. [PROV 12:6]

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the just stands firm. [PROV 12:7]

The stronghold of evil men will be demolished, but the root of the just is enduring. [PROV 12:12]

In the sin of his lips the evil man is ensnared, but the just comes free of trouble. [PROV 12:13]

Deceit is in the hands of those who plot evil, but those who counsel peace have joy. [PROV 12:20]

Anything deceitful the just man hates, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. [PROV 13:5]

Virtue guards one who walks honestly, but the downfall of the wicked is sin. [PROV 13:6]

The light of the just shines gaily, but the lamp of the wicked goes out. [PROV 13:9]

Lust indulged starves the soul, but fools hate to turn from evil. [PROV 13:19]

The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. [PROV 14:11]

The wise man is cautious and shuns evil; the fool is reckless and sure of himself. [PROV 14:16]

Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those intent on good gain kindness and constancy. [PROV 14:22]

The wicked man is overthrown by his wickedness, but the just man finds a refuge in his honesty. [PROV 14:32]

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. [PROV 15:3]

The just man weighs well his utterance, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil. [PROV 15:28]

The LORD is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the just he hears. [PROV 15:29]

The LORD has made everything for his own ends, even the wicked for the evil day. [PROV 16:4]

By kindness and piety guilt is expiated, and by the fear of the LORD man avoids evil. [PROV 16:6]

A scoundrel is a furnace of evil, and on his lips there is a scorching fire. [PROV 16:27]

The evil man gives heed to wicked lips, and listens to falsehood from a mischievous tongue. [PROV 17:4]

If a man returns evil for good, from his house evil will not depart. [PROV 17:13]

He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the LORD. [PROV 17:15]

Say not, "I will repay evil!" Trust in the LORD and he will help you. [PROV 20:22]

The soul of the wicked man desires evil; his neighbor finds no pity in his eyes. [PROV 21:10]

To practice justice is a joy for the just, but terror for evildoers. [PROV 21:15]

The shrewd man perceives evil and hides, while simpletons continue on and suffer the penalty. [PROV 22:3]

Be not emulous of evil men, and desire not to be with them [Taken from PROV 24:1]

Be not provoked with evildoers, nor envious of the wicked; For the evil man has no future, the lamp of the wicked will be put out. [PROV 24:19-20]

He who says to the wicked man, "You are just" - men will curse him, people will denounce him; But those who convict the evildoer will fare well, and on them will come the blessing of prosperity. [PROV 24:24-25]

Like a troubled fountain or a polluted spring is a just man who gives way before the wicked. [PROV 25:26]

The shrewd man perceives evil and hides; simpletons continue on and suffer the penalty. [PROV 27:12]

Those who abandon the law praise the wicked man, but those who keep the law war against him. [PROV 28:4]

Evil men understand nothing of justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all. [PROV 28:5]

He who seduces the upright into an evil way will himself fall into his own pit. [Taken from PROV 28:10]

Happy the man who is always on his guard; but he who hardens his heart will fall into evil. [PROV 28:14]

The just man has a care for the rights of the poor; the wicked man has no such concern. [PROV 29:7]

When the wicked prevail, crime increases; but their downfall the just will behold. [PROV 29:16]

The evildoer is an abomination to the just, and he who walks uprightly is an abomination to the wicked. [PROV 29:27]

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. [PROV 31:10-12]

And better off than both is the yet unborn, who has not seen the wicked work that is done under the sun. [ECCL 4:3]

Guard your step when you go to the house of God. Let your approach be obedience, rather than the fools' offering of sacrifice; for they know not how to keep from doing evil. [ECCL 4:17]

"He who keeps the commandment experiences no evil, and the wise man's heart knows times and judgments; for there is a time and a judgment for everything." - Yet it is a great affliction for man that he is ignorant of what is to come; for who will make known to him how it will be? There is no man who is master of the breath of life so as to retain it, and none has mastery of the day of death. There is no exemption from the struggle, nor are the wicked saved by their wickedness. [ECCL 8:5-8]

Because into a soul that plots evil wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin. [WISDOM 1:4]

Therefore no one who utters wicked things can go unnoticed, nor will chastising condemnation pass him by. [WISDOM 1:8]

These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them [Taken from WISDOM 2:21]

But the wicked shall receive a punishment to match their thoughts, since they neglected justice and forsook the LORD. [WISDOM 3:10]

But the numerous progeny of the wicked shall be of no avail; their spurious offshoots shall not strike deep root nor take firm hold. [WISDOM 4:3]

For children born of lawless unions give evidence of the wickedness of their parents, when they are examined. [WISDOM 4:6]

For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom. For she is fairer than the sun and surpasses every constellation of the stars. Compared to light, she takes precedence; for that, indeed, night supplants, but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom. [WISDOM 7:28-30]

Equally odious to God are the evildoer and his evil deed; and the thing made shall be punished with its contriver. [WISDOM 14:9-10]

For your creation, serving you, its maker, grows tense for punishment against the wicked, but is relaxed in benefit for those who trust in you. [WISDOM 16:24]

For wickedness, of its nature cowardly, testifies in its own condemnation, and because of a distressed conscience, always magnifies misfortunes. [WISDOM 17:11]

For the affliction of the proud man there is no cure; he is the offshoot of an evil plant. [SIRACH 3:27]

Use your time well; guard yourself from evil, and bring upon yourself no shame. [SIRACH 4:20]

Say nothing harmful, small or great; be not a foe instead of a friend; A bad name and disgrace will you acquire: "That for the evil man with double tongue!" [SIRACH 6:1]

Do no evil, and evil will not overtake you; avoid wickedness, and it will turn aside from you. [SIRACH 7:1-2]

Be guilty of no evil before the city's populace, nor disgrace yourself before the assembly. [SIRACH 7:7]

Be not jealous of the wife of your bosom, lest you teach her to do evil against you. [SIRACH 9:1]

Good and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from the LORD. [SIRACH 11:14]

Error and darkness were formed with sinners from their birth, and evil grows old with evildoers. [SIRACH 11:16]

Avoid a wicked man, for he breeds only evil, lest you incur a lasting stain. [SIRACH 11:33]

No good comes to him who gives comfort to the wicked, nor is it an act of mercy that he does. Give to the good man, refuse the sinner; refresh the downtrodden, give nothing to the proud man. No arms for combat should you give him, lest he use them against yourself; With twofold evil you will meet for every good deed you do for him. [SIRACH 12:3-6]

The Most High himself hates sinners, and upon the wicked he takes vengeance. [SIRACH 12:7]

Never trust your enemy, for his wickedness is like corrosion in bronze. [SIRACH 12:10]

With his lips an enemy speaks sweetly, but in his heart he schemes to plunge you into the abyss. Though your enemy has tears in his eyes, if given the chance, he will never have enough of your blood. If evil comes upon you, you will find him at hand; feigning to help, he will trip you up [Taken from SIRACH 12:17]

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