A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.
When the righteous triumph, there is great rejoicing, but when the wicked come to power, people hide themselves.
We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful.
My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your instruction.
My anger overwhelms me because my foes forget Your words.
I have seen the disloyal and feel disgust because they do not keep Your word.
"Pass throughout the city of Jerusalem," the LORD said to him, "and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations committed in it."
Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, as well as the [older] women and little children, but do not come near anyone who has the mark. Now begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.
So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape."
At that time those who feared the LORD spoke to one another. The LORD took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared Yahweh and had high regard for His name.
"They will be Mine," says the LORD of Hosts, "a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.