I wish this was KJV but decided to post, here is the KJV version of that verse.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
There are lots of them out there and their numbers are growing. If you know that society is heading for a collapse, know this has to do with human sin and those who have left God far behind. I write about the tyranny, the control, the insanity, and it all has to do with human beings who have forsaken God.
Cold, stiff-necked, uncaring, lovers of tyranny, abusive people who do not walk in godly ways but ungodly ones. One way the wicked operate is via subterfuge and as children of the father of lies, they become specialized in the art of deception. Their numbers are growing out there, the world is waxing cold. I have seen too much wickedness and people praying against violence, in today's world that is more important then ever. Ever been minding your business and gotten jumped? It's happened to me. There is that old joke about every liberal being a conservative that hasn't been mugged yet. Working with violent youth in the inner city, I saw enough violence to last a lifetime. Sadly I know how bad things in this world can get though there are others who have seen far worse then me. It's scary and dangerous too. Wrong place, wrong time, and danger can approach out of nowhere.
I also know what it is to deal with people who shockingly lack all empathy, and conscience. Those folks are out there too, and remember the sheep's in wolves clothing warnings just do not apply to the ones in the pulpit but plenty out there in the real world, who cover their poison under a false veneer.
Some have seen me write about sociopaths and narcissists [basically the psychology world's name for the wicked] on this blog before. One thing their numbers are not just among the powerful, the known, the famous, but you can know them and they can even be members of your own family or co-workers.
2 Thess. 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
What does a Christian do when they realize they are dealing with a wicked person? In my own life, I have had circumstances where I've had to take these instructions very seriously. Wicked people will bring you down, they can even lead you into sin if you are not careful. They will bring you depression, anger, worry, fear and deep emotional pain. They will lie to others about you destroying a wide swathe of relationships. They will bring you to tears. They will elevate themselves in pride and tell you that you are a horrible person. What should a Christian do when they encounter someone who curses them out or shows absolutely no respect, rebuke them and if they repent, forgive but there are many who will not repent. What do you do then?
The Bible is full of endless instructions regarding the wicked. The problem here, is many falsely think even unrepentant wicked doers are to be FORGIVEN and TOLERATED. Hey I was guilty of this, I followed the "be nice" message over and over, especially in my early days as a Christian when I thought being a Christian meant "being kind" above everything else. Convicted of our own wickedness and sin, many Christians get the false idea too, that Christians are never to judge others, and that is one of those worse messages too that lead Christians to give a place to the wicked.
Yes kindness counts, we are to be kind and loving to others, but too many today have been given a false message and that is they have been trained to give a place to the wicked even out of this kindness instead of what the Bible instructs.
Hey I have been there. There are times I've had to sit back and think what am I doing? Even family ties be cautious there, if someone mocks your Christian faith, and lets say you have witnessed to them before and been rejected over and over, and they use foul language around you or hurt you, then that is a relationship you need to take another look at. Sometimes one can "care" about even a wicked person, but you need to be cautious, as to your own spiritual life and God's instructions. What does Jesus say about family by the way?
Matt 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
In my case, I am the ONLY Christian in my family. Things got worse and worse over the years, they did not like my open Christian expressions, even the most mild statements about the world situation and warnings, was bringing me major backlash. This included being mocked. This included their increased love of the world and wicked things. Jesus's words are true for many Christian lives.
With friends same thing? Are they kind people or not? And if not, why are you keeping company with them? I know people often are in places where they are around wicked people even for the sake of employment but there be careful too. Pray for God for a way out and do your best to depart. I worked a job with very wicked people, and while I was not a believer yet, I know the me of today would have made departure of the highest priority.
How many of us have dealt with those who have lied, cussed you out, or even mocked scripture? What are we to do? How many of you have heard well meaning Christians say to you, "you need to let by bygones be bygones, and forgive and forget" when it comes to a wicked person. Usually in telling you this, they will then quote Luke 17:3, forgetting one of the most important parts of the verse.
They will tell you things like walking away is wrong. But what about those who do not repent? The Christian telling you to forgive and still interact with a wicked person is setting you up for more abuse, more snares and more problems. Ignored is the biblical advice to SHUN the non-repentant WICKED.
God wants us to forgive those who are truly repentant but those who have not repented and hold to their wickedness that is another ballgame. This may sound harsh to some people out there in the world, but isn't that what the Bible says over and over in various ways? One thought I had is how am I going to hang around these wicked people and ask God for protection but then NOT depart myself? Isn't that a contradiction?
We are supposed to STAY AWAY from the wicked. We are not supposed to give a place to them.
1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
2 Tim 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
This is a good reminder for us as well.
Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
Don't fret but also too, get away from the wicked.
I wrote this article as a reminder to myself as well as to my readers!