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WICKED in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

select Cross Reference Bible links
Genesis 6:5 - great wickedness before the flood; evil thoughts all the time
Genesis 13:13 - great wickedness in Sodom; sinned against the Lord
Exodus 34:6-7 - the Lord can forgive wickedness
Psalm 37 - Don't fret because of evil men. While waiting for the Lord to deal with them, and He will, firmly establish your relationship with the LORD, and turn away from responding with wrath and anger. Focus on the LORD instead.
Malachi 1:3-4 - Edom, beaten down then building up, will be beaten down over and over as Yahweh shows His wrath against those people forever. Others will call Edom the "Wicked Land".



1. In the Old Testament:

The state of being wicked; a mental disregard for justice, righteousness, truth, honor, virtue; evil in thought and life; depravity; sinfulness; criminality. See SIN, MAN OF .

Many words are rendered "wickedness." There are many synonyms for wickedness in English and also in the Hebrew.

Pride and vanity lead to it:

"All the proud, and all that work wickedness (rish`ah) shall be stubble" (Malachi 4:1).

Akin to this is the word `awen, "iniquity," "vanity":

"She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness" (Proverbs 30:20).

Then we have the word hawwah, meaning "mischief," "calamity," coming from inward intent upon evil:

"Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness" (Psalms 52:7);

zimmah, "wickedness" in thought, carnality or lust harbored:

"And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness" (Leviticus 20:14);

`awlah, "perverseness,"

"Neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at the first" (2 Samuel 7:10).

The word for evil (ra`) is many times employed to represent wickedness:

"Remember all their wickedness" (Hosea 7:2).

Wickedness like all forms and thoughts of wrong, kept warm in mind, seems to be a thing of growth; it begins with a thought, then a deed, then a character, and finally a destiny. Even in this life men increase in wickedness till they have lost all desire for that which is good in the sight of God and good men; the men in the vision of Isaiah seem to be in a condition beyond which the human heart cannot go:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness" (Isaiah 5:20).

Shades of thought are added by such words as roa`, "evil," "badness":

"Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings" (Psalms 28:4).

And resha` or rish`ah, also gives the common thought of wrong, wickedness. The prophets were strong in denunciations of all iniquity, perverseness, and in announcing the curse of God which would certainly follow.

2. In the New Testament:

Wickedness, malignity, evil in thought and purpose is presented by the word poneria: "But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why make ye trial of me, ye hypocrites?" (Matthew 22:18). Jesus points out the origin of all wrong: "For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed .... wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness .... all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man" (Mark 7:21-23). See Imitation of Christ, xiii, 5.

David Roberts Dungan

WICKEDNESS [Thompson Chain Reference] - The Wicked
Characteristics of
* Psalms 5:9
* Psalms 37:12
* Psalms 52:3
* Psalms 64:3
* Proverbs 4:16
* Isaiah 1:4
* Isaiah 57:20
* 2 Timothy 3:3
* Jude 1:13
* SEE Evil

Contrasted with the Righteous
* Psalms 11:5
* Psalms 32:10
* Psalms 37:17
* Psalms 75:10
* Proverbs 28:1
* Isaiah 65:14
* Malachi 3:18
* Romans 2:9
* SEE Wicked, The (TCR)

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