Tuesday, July 5, 2016

When The Wicked Rise To Power, People Go Into Hiding

When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;    when the wicked rule, the people groan.
By justice a king gives a country stability,    but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
Those who flatter their neighbors    are spreading nets for their feet.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,    but the wicked have no such concern.
The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity    and seek to kill the upright.
If a ruler listens to lies,    all his officials become wicked
The righteous detest the dishonest;    the wicked detest the upright.
When the wicked thrive, so does sin,    but the righteous will see their downfall.

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
Evildoers do not understand what is right,    but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path    will fall into their own trap
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear    is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
A tyrannical ruler practices extortion
Those who trust in themselves are fools

When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;    but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

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