The Righteousness Seeker’s Observation:
Righteous art thou, O LORD…yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Why doth the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all they happy that deal very treacherously? (Jeremiah 12:1) …there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness (Ecclesiastes 7:15) no man knoweth either [God’s] love or hatred by all that is before them. All things come alike to all…as is the good, so is the sinner (Ecclesiastes 9:1-2) He [the wicked] hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity…His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: He hideth his face; He will never see it (Psalm 10:6,7,12)…I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore [God’s] people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to [the unrighteous]. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. (Psalms 73:3-14)…they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not (Ezekiel 9:9)…Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? (Psalm 10:1) Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: why lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? (Habakuk 1:13) It is [,it seems,] vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?…the proud [are called] happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.(Malachi 3:14-15)…[it seems that] Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them…where is the God of judgment? (Malachi 2:17)
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered (Proverbs 11:21). [For] The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). I have heard the cry of the righteous, and a book of remembrance is written before me for them that fear the LORD (Malachi 3:16). Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (Psalm 37:7), Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity (Psalm 37:1). Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil (Ecclesiastes 8:11). Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. (Proverbs 24:1). Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long (Proverbs 23:17). For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity (Psalms 125:3). And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head (Ezekiel 9:10). For [I] shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil (Ecclesiastes 12:14). [Therefore] When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever (Psalms 92:7). There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked (Isaiah 48:22).