77 Don’ts from King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

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My Child:

Don’t ignore these instructions. Listen to my instruction and be wise.
 Proverbs 8:33

  1. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction and keep thy father’s commandment.(3x in Proverbs)
  2. Don’t go along with sinners and those who do harm to others! Stay far away from their paths.(refrain thy foot from their path)
  3. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil .
  4. Don’t reject the Lord’s discipline (neither be weary of his correction)
  5. Don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them
  6. Don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” If you can help your neighbor now 
  7. Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
  8. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
  9. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.(and choose none of his ways)    
  10. Don’t turn away from my instructions for I am giving you good guidance (Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law)  
  11. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Get wisdom; develop good judgment (Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not)
  12. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.( she shall preserve thee)
  13. Don’t let my instructions go, take hold of my instructions. Guard them, for they are the key to life. 
  14. Don’t do as the wicked do. Don’t follow the path of evildoers  
  15. Don’t even think about sinning; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. (Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away )
  16. Don’t lose sight my words. Let them penetrate deep into your heart. (keep them in the midst of thine heart)
  17. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
  18. Don’t procrastinate and don’t be lazy. Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. (Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise
  19. Don’t go to war without wise advice, Plans succeed through good counsel (with good advice make war)
  20. Don’t hang around with chatterers; gossips who go around telling secrets.(meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips)
  21. Don’t plot revenge, don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. (wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee)
  22. Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. (it is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy)
  23. Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.
  24. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people.( Make no friendship with an angry man)
  25. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. 
  26. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
  27. Don’t desire all the delicacies a ruler puts before you, for he might be trying to trick you (When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not Desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.) 
  28. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. (Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom)
  29. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies They are always thinking about how much it costs “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it. You will throw up what little you’ve eaten, and your compliments will be wasted
  30. Don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you (Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning)
  31. Don’t make a show of all your knowledge: The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.(A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness)  (found 2x)
  32. Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.
  33. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
  34. Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them.( Withhold not correction from the child)
  35. Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.( For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief ) Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.(… but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long)  
  36. Don’t despise your mother when she is old and listen to your father, who gave you life
  37. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. Because (At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder)
  38. Don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. (in multitude of counsellors there is safety.)
  39. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
  40. Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
  41. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. (Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth)
  42. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. 
  43. Don’t associate with rebels, My child, fear the Lord and the king. (My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?)
  44. Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them.
  45. Don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!” 
  46. Don’t be lazy! A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.   
  47. Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.( For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen)  (2x)
  48. Don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
  49. Don’t betray another person’s secret when arguing with your neighbor.  
  50. Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. (Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.)  (2x)
  51. Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
  52. Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring  
  53. Don’t boast in yourself. “I’m so great, let me tell you about it….” Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 
  54. Don’t believe everyone! Some pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.
  55. Don’t protect a murderer.  His tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!(A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.)
  56. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. (for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few)
  57. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved (Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error)  
  58. Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.
  59. Don’t eavesdrop on others—you may hear your servant curse you. For you know well that: (oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others) .
  60. Don’t quit! If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.  ( I just texted this verse to someone who didn’t want to hear it, lol, and she just replied “What! Ugh!”)
  61. Don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts 
  62. Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.
  63. Don’t eat too much honey, or it will make you sick! (Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee)
  64. Don’t make me cut your chicken! Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.(This verse speaks this also to me: For crying out loud Lisa! How much lettuce and fruit will rot in your kitchen before you get up and cut it. Get a knife and cut it open, very simple, very simple…and yes you have to cook the chicken today, and stop waiting for someone else to cut your fruit)
  65. Don’t break your promises to God. Don’t delay in following through with a promise you made to God, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him (Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay).
  66. Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. (for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they)  God is still in charge and see’s everything
  67. Don’t desire what you don’t have, but enjoy what you have rather.Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
  68. Don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? (Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? What is he saying here? Don’t kill yourself trying so hard to be perfect ? Ms. Superclean, can you put away the Lysol for a moment, I can’t breath, Mr.ocd….. if the frame is out of place, take a deep breath and keep walking…..just thoughts, just thoughts….)
  69. Don’t be too wicked either. Don’t be a fool! Why die before your time? 
  70. Don’t try to avoid doing your duty, and don’t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants 
  71. Don’t be lazy in the kitchen. Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.  (2-3x in bible)oookay then….
  72. Don’t let your hearts be taken by an immoral woman. Don’t wander down her wayward path. (And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows…..For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death )
  73. Don’t go near her house, stay away from her! Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. (For the lips of a strange (immoral) woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.) (2+)
  74. Don’t be greedy, for it will lead you to poverty. Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty. 
  75. Don’t wait until your last breath to remember your Creator. Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well (Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it) 
  76. Don’t ignore the poor. The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.  
  77. Don’t act quickly, without thinking. Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 

       Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

With Love,
King Solomon

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
1.Proverbs 1:8 Proverbs 6:20 2.Proverbs 1:15 3 Proverbs 3:7 4. Proverbs 3:11  5 Proverbs 3:21.6Proverbs 3:28  7 Proverbs 3:29 8 Proverbs 3:30 9 Proverbs 3:31 10 Proverbs 4:2  11Proverbs 4:5. 12 Proverbs 4:6 13Proverbs 4:13 14Proverbs 4:14 15 Proverbs 4:1516 Proverbs 4:21 17 Proverbs 4:27 18 Proverbs 6:4 19 Proverbs 20:18 20 Proverbs 20:19 21Proverbs 20:22 22 Proverbs 20:25 23  Proverbs 22:22  24 Proverbs 22:24 25 Proverbs 22:26 26Proverbs 22:28 27  Proverbs 23:3 28 Proverbs 23:4 29 Proverbs 23:6 30  Proverbs 9:8 31Proverbs 12:23 32  Proverbs 23:9 33 Proverbs 23:1033  Proverbs 23:13.34Proverbs 23:17 35Proverbs 24:1 36 Proverbs 23:22  37 Proverbs 23:31 38 Proverbs 24:6 39 Proverbs 24:12 40 Proverbs 24:1541 Proverbs 24:17  42 Proverbs 24:19 43 Proverbs 24:2144 Proverbs 24:28 45 Proverbs 24:29  46 Prov 24:30 47 Proverbs 25:6 48 Proverbs 25:8 49Proverbs 25:9 50 Proverbs 25:17 51Proverbs 26:4 52  Proverbs 27:1 53 Proverbs 27:2   54. Proverbs 26:25 55.Proverbs 28:17 56. Ecclesiastes 5:2.57.Ecclesiastes 5:6  58 Ecclesiastes 7:10  59Ecclesiastes 7:21  60Ecclesiastes 10:4 61 Ecclesiastes 10:20  62  Ecclesiastes 12:1 63 Proverbs 25:16 64  Proverbs 26:15 65Ecclesiastes 5:4 66 Ecclesiastes 5:8  67Ecclesiastes 6:9 68Ecclesiastes 7:16 69Ecclesiastes 7:17 70 Ecclesiastes 8:3.71 Proverbs 12:27 Proverbs 19:24 72Proverbs 7:25 73 Proverbs 5:8 Proverbs 6:25 74Proverbs 28:22 75 Ecclesiastes 12:6 76 Proverbs 29:7 77 Proverbs 13:16 scripture taken from nlt and kjv

LORD, why do the Wicked Prosper?

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Lord, you always give me justice
    when I bring a case before you.
So let me bring you this complaint:
Why are the wicked so prosperous?
    Why are evil people so happy?
 You have planted them,
    and they have taken root and prospered.
Your name is on their lips,
    but you are far from their hearts.
But as for me, Lord, you know my heart.
    You see me and test my thoughts.
Drag these people away like sheep to be butchered!
    Set them aside to be slaughtered! Jeremiah 12

                   Lord,why do the wicked prosper? Why do they seem to have power? Why have the godly been silenced in their presence- or at least made to feel like they are not allowed to speak up?  I’ve been asking the Lord this in my prayers for the last few months as I see the wicked prosper and those around me falling into all the world has to offer….but  I can Praise God! Because He always answers me.  Every time I have asked the Lord this question, I have immediately (without knowing) opened up to Psalm 37 or another verse (listed below) that answers my questions, gives me hope and tells me “Do not worry”. Apparently I’m not the only one who asks the Lord this question. David, Jeremiah,Psalmist Asaph (ps 73) and Habukkuk felt the same way.  Almost every day I have found new scripture that answers me and each time the Lord reminds me not to worry about it, nor fret.

THIS EARTHY KINGDOM IS FUELED BY……………

 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.  John 18:36

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places Ephesians 6;12 (note also Ezekiel 28 the King of Tyre is a spiritual being that is addressed, where tyre itself and it’s prince is addressed as a people)

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness 1 John 5:19 

4 Terrifying Lion Dreams  Warfare ) You see, satan is prowling around- they don’t see it and they are not worried- but there is terror ahead, in fact, closer than they could image.  Why should he attack them now? That would ruin his plans, because the wicked recruit others for him.  The wickedness grows greater and greater and they are blind to the consequences of their sin. Do I want the wicked to die? NO, but I do want wickedness to stop. I love this verse:

Let the wicked change their ways  and banish the very thought of doing wrong.  Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.   Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. Is 55:7

Among my people are wicked men
    who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind.
They continually set traps
    to catch people.
27 Like a cage filled with birds,
    their homes are filled with evil plots.
    And now they are great and rich.
28 They are fat and sleek,
    and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.
They refuse to provide justice to orphans
    and deny the rights of the poor.
29 Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
30 A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in this land—
31 the prophets give false prophecies,
    and the priests rule with an iron hand.
Worse yet, my people like it that way! Jer 5:27-



    Many want to turn but they don’t know how. If only they knew- that turning back to God is as easy as turning around. The devil wants them to think they could never change and that their lifestyle is impossible to leave, but no so!  I saw the Lord’s hands reached out to those who had fallen from the path- come back! Turn around! He calls… But in despair and hopelessness many don’t turn back to God- they continue to hear the lies of Satan telling them of their unworthiness.  He tells them they can never leave and whispers blasphemy  in their minds causing them to despise the living God.  Pray for those who have been misled and the next generation- May  righteousness reign and may the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong.

          Romans 1  tells us that although the wicked seem to prosper from the world’s point of view- their minds are dark and confused. The Lord has God abandoned them and they suffered within themselves … what a horrible place to be! (Romans 1:18-28)

Enough of my talk! Here’s some scripture the Lord showed me after I asked Him this question. Great promises and a lot to think about. I’d like to discuss further, but that could take all day.  So I leave you with the scripture, the living word of God- may it bless you today.

 Dont Worry about it! Don’t Fret  (I keep singing the don’t worry be happy song)

Ps 37:1-2 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away.  Like spring flowers, they soon wither.  Trust in the Lord and do good.  Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Ps 37 Soon the wicked will disappear.  Though you look for them, they will be gone. The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed  or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial

 Jeremiah 5:28 They are fat and sleek and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse to provide justice to orphans  and deny the rights of the poor.         

Psalm 73:3 For 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. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Jeremiah 12:1: Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

Habakkuk 1:4  The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted

Jeremiah 11:20 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you make righteous judgments,  and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them,  for I have committed my cause to you

Jeremiah 5:27-28  Like a cage filled with birds,  their homes are filled with evil plots.  And now they are great and rich.  They are fat and sleek,  and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse to provide justice to orphans  and deny the rights of the poor

Psalm 10
O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead.
Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them.  They sneer at all their enemies.
They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
We will be free of trouble forever!”
Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats. Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.  They lurk in ambush in the villages,  waiting to murder innocent people.
They are always searching for helpless victims.
Like lions crouched in hiding, they wait to pounce on pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters they capture the helpless
and drag them away in nets.
Their helpless victims are crushed; they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!   He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”
Arise, O Lord!
Punish the wicked, O God! Do not ignore the helpless!
Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
They think, “God will never call us to account.”
But you see the trouble and grief they cause.  You take note of it and punish them
.The helpless put their trust in you.

Ps37
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.  Like spring flowers, they soon wither
.
Trust in the Lord and do good.  Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper  or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop being angry!  Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Soon the wicked will disappear.  Though you look for them, they will be gone.
The lowly will possess the land  and will live in peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the godly;  they snarl at them in defiance.
But the Lord just laughs,  for he sees their day of judgment coming.
The wicked draw their swords   and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed,  to slaughter those who do right.
But their swords will stab their own hearts,  and their bows will be broken.
It is better to be godly and have little  than to be evil and rich.For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,  but the Lord takes care of the godly.
Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
They will not be disgraced in hard times;   even in famine they will have more than enough.
but the wicked will die.  The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field— they will disappear like smoke.
The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers. Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,  but those he curses will die.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,  for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
The godly always give generous loans to others,  and their children are a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever.
For the Lord loves justice,  and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,  but the children of the wicked will die.
The godly will possess the land and will live there forever.
The godly offer good counsel;  they teach right from wrong.
They have made God’s law their own,  so they will never slip from his path.
The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.
But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
 Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.
I have seen wicked and ruthless people  flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
But when I looked again, they were gone!  Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
But the rebellious will be destroyed;  they have no future.
The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.
The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them, and they find shelter in him.

Ps 73
 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
For 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 his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
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.
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awaketh  so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

Isaiah 57:
Are you afraid of these idols? Do they terrify you?
Is that why you have lied to me  and forgotten me and my words?
Is it because of my long silence  that you no longer fear me?
Now I will expose your so-called good deeds. None of them will help you.
Let’s see if your idols can save you when you cry to them for help.
God says, “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.”  The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,  the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place  with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble  and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
For I will not fight against you forever;  I will not always be angry.
If I were, all people would pass away— all the souls I have made.
 I was angry, so I punished these greedy people. I withdrew from them, but they kept going on their own stubborn way.
I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them.
I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips.
May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the Lord, who heals them.
“But those who still reject me are like the restless sea, which is never still
but continually churns up mud and dirt.
There is no peace for the wicked,”  says my God

Gently Instruct those who oppose the truth

2 tim 2 23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

But BE CAREFUL! THESE PEOPLE ARE LIKE DANGEROUS REEFS THAT CAN SHIPWRECK YOU

Jude 1 12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you.[e] They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. 13 They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness. 17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them. 20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,[g] 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

SHOW MERCY AND RESCUE THEM BY SNATCHING THEM FROM THE FLAMES OF JUDGEMENT

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. Jude 22-23

But be careful who you walk with, who you stand with, and you sit with

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. PS 1

BECAUSE YOUR GREAT ENEMY IS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR

7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.  All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.