Is there hope for the wicked? Most “Bible believing” people assume that the wicked are every last person who is not a Christian, and that the “wicked” dead are burning in “hell”—now and forever. Others imagine that at least some of the wicked can escape the Lake of Fire by serving time in “purgatory” first. Still others suppose that, in the resurrection, “unconverted” people will have another opportunity to get to know Elohim (God), and with this knowledge, they will hopefully decide to become “good”, so as to avoid the flames of “hell”. If you consider the verses that describe the wicked, rather than just the many that merely mention them in passing, as compiled here, you may come to see that there is absolutely no evidence to support any of the popular viewpoints! These verses collectively define the actions that makes the wicked—wicked and describe what Elohim is going to do with them and exactly when their judgment will come to pass. The little old lady next door and the neighbor kids may not fit into the proverbial box you’ve marked “reserved for the wicked!”
Biblically, the most ominous word translated as “hell”, Gehenna, is literally nothing more than the old city dump of Jerusalem, where refuse was burned up! Use of the term was merely to give us an actual comparison as to what the Lake of Fire will resemble—the fires burned continuously but the dead were burned up quickly as explained on this (off site) link, excerpted here:
“After their return from the Babylonian exile, the Jews turned the Hinnom Valley into the city dump where garbage and anything deemed unclean (including the bodies of executed criminals) was incinerated. For that purpose, a fire was kept constantly burning there. Even though it was no longer used for evil worship, with all the filth and thick smoke it remained a very dark and dreary place.”
Let’s look at the words translated as “hell” as described in:
Easton’s definition of “Biblical hell” is closer to the simple meaning of the pit where bodies are buried or cast but still retains some of the flavor of the pagan Greek hell) where the dead are paradoxically alive—a concept that has heavily influenced Roman Christianity and later Protestantism. The hellacious reference to “bars” actually has to do with the first meaning of this Hebrew word and nothing to do with restraining the lively dead: alone, by itself, besides, a part, separation, being alone.
Online goes on to add:
“In Biblical Greek it is associated with Orcus [god of the underworld, off site], the infernal regions, a dark and dismal place in the very depths of the earth, the common receptacle of disembodied spirits. Usually Hades is just the abode of the wicked, #Lu 16:23; Re 20:13, 14; a very uncomfortable place. TDNT.”
Languages are filled with words with pagan origins. The Greek copies of the Testimony of Yeshua (the “NT”) that were translated from the original Aramaic language are certainly no exception. That is why we need the prophesied new language!
There is a single reference to “tartaroo” in the Greek Texts that describes a time (not a place) of temporary restraint for some of the most vile and dangerous angels, who are being held until Judgment Day. Peter was not describing a place of punishment because “the angels who sinned” are still there “to be reserved for judgment”. Only the most unfair judicial systems punish a suspect prior to judging them. Because the wicked angels are being “reserved for judgment”, we must conclude that they haven’t been judged yet. Perhaps some of them are salvageable?
2 Peter 2:4-5 If YHVH wasn’t lenient with the angels who sinned, but imprisoned [‘tartarooed’]  them in chains of darkness reserved for a painful judgment, 5 and wasn’t lenient with the original world, but rescued Noah, a herald of righteousness and his family of eight when He brought a flood on the world of the wicked,—The Gabriel Version
 Tartaroo is actually a Greek verb! That’s about the only accurate thing to be found in a lexicon, since verbs simply aren’t nouns! So I ‘doubly verbalized’ tartaroo into ‘tartarooed’ to make a point. These angels will burn during the Judgment (Deuteronomy 32:22-24), but they aren’t burning now. The Aramaic brings out the fact that they are in “Sheol” (1 Peter 3:19)! Revelation 9:14 says they are in the Euphrates river, while verse 11 calls their place of restraint ‘the abyss’! An abyss is usually a very cold and wet place.
Mark 1:23-24 In their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit who began shouting, 24 “What do you want with us Yeshua of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? We know who You are—the kadosh One of YHVH.”
Because “purgatory” is not a Biblical topic, I will not comment on that, nor will I get into the Greek mythology that became a model of the early “Fathers” to scare the hell out of (or into?) people. Pagan religions focus on eternal “life” in “hades”, rather than actual death and the grave. However, the resurrection is a Biblical topic, but it is nothing like reincarnation—where people supposedly come back in another physical body. The resurrection is either for the purpose of eternal life, or condemnation to eternal death. Here are a few of the key verses concerning the resurrection, serving as a brief clarification of points already addressed in this book, such as in Judgment Day—The Last Day:
John 5:28-29 Don’t be amazed at this, because the time is coming when everyone in their graves will hear His voice 29 and come out—those who have done good things to the Resurrection resulting in Life, and those who have committed evil to the Resurrection resulting in Condemnation.
The Sadducees tried to trick Yeshua into saying that there would be a resurrection back to physical life, complete with marriages, as in this life. They wanted to make Him look foolish. That was a major point of contention between them and the Pharisees, who couldn’t fathom being made “equal to the Messengers” (angels), or even “more equal”.
Luke 20:35-36 But those who are worthy of the next world, who are in the resurrection from the dead won’t take wives, nor will wives be given to husbands. 36 They can’t die anymore and are similar to the spirit messengers, and are YHVH’s children, because they are children of the resurrection.
Only of those who are “counted worthy” does it say: “nor can they die anymore”. The resurrection is for eternal life or eternal death. Eternal life is a “gift”. It is not something that everyone already has, but with only the destination in question.
Romans 6:23 The compensation for sin is death [you know—like you’re dead], but the gift of YHVH is eternal Life, thru our Master Yeshua Messiah.
The wicked, after having to face their creator in the “resurrection of condemnation”, will endure yet another death, another total absence of consciousness, this time for eternity:
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the sinful, the polluted, murderers, male prostitutes, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, are destined for the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, that is the second death”.
Do Sodom and Gomorrah Have a Future Hope?
The following statement concerning “bearable” and “Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day” has been used as a proof text that the wicked will be given more time to change in a coming resurrection. “Most certainly, it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day, than for that city.” (Matthew 10:15) This thought is repeated three other times: Matthew 11:24, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:12. The assumed second opportunity for those people actually contradicts a clear and specific statement regarding them! “Bearable” refers to more than one level of “suffering” inflicted on more than one kind of wicked people. Deliberately rejecting Elohim apparently brings a more painful death than for those who sear their consciences in ignorance! However the penalty of “EVERLASTING FIRE” is reserved for both groups!
Jude 1:7 As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities, that in a similar manner were given over to illicit sex, having pursued various kinds of carnality, lie before us [present tense] as an example of undergoing the execution of a sentence of EVERLASTING FIRE.
It is possible that up to nine people in Sodom will be spared during Judgment Day, but the “passing with a ‘D’” percentages of the religious elite of Yeshua’s day is slimmer still:
Genesis 18:32 He said, “Oh don’t be angry Yehovah, and I’ll speak just once more. What if ten [relatively righteous: v.24] are found there?” He said, “I won’t destroy it [Sodom and vicinity] for the sake of the ten.”
When you consider how detestable Sodom and Gomorrah were to Elohim, and how amazed He was at their level of wickedness, then it is beyond comprehension what Elohim must think of anyone who deliberately rejects Him. In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, Elohim had to go down and see this with His own eyes!
2 Peter 2:6 ... and burned up the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and CONDEMNED THEM with an upheaval, making them an example for the wicked people who would live after them,
Isaiah 3:9-13 The look on their faces gives them away. They flaunt their sin like Sodom; they don’t hide it. It will be dreadful for them! They have brought disaster on themselves!”10 “Tell the righteous that it will go well for them! They’ll savor the fruit of their deeds.” 11 “It will be dreadful for the wicked! Too bad for them. What they’ve done will be done to them. 12 “Children oppress My people, and women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; sending you down the wrong path.” 13 Yehovah rises to argue the case, and stands to judge the people.
What you do—your works, ultimately proves to Elohim what you are made of. Actions speak much louder than words.
Be careful to avoid the majority of “Christian teachers” who says that righteous “works” are not essential for your salvation. These people say that it is only what is in your “heart” that matters. The wicked don’t think that Elohim will hold them to “account” for their wicked works.
Psalm 10:13 Why does a wicked person condemn Elohim? They think, “Elohim won’t hold me accountable?”
James 2:26 A body without the spirit is dead, just as faith without works is dead.
And, by the way, are the wicked really just people who support a religious body that differs from yours, or support no religion at all? If so, then how did Elohim determine who the wicked were, or the righteous for that matter, during the thousands of years before there were “churches” [actually “Assemblies”]. Elohim’s word has many descriptions to clarify who the wicked are and what is to become of them!
A primary purpose of Are the “Unsaved” Lost? was to demonstrate that many “sinners” are not “wicked”! With that understanding in mind, the following Bible verses, all referring to the “wicked” have deeper meaning. They are not likely to apply the little old lady next door! I have endeavored to include every verse that could possibly be relevant to understanding what Elohim wanted to reveal to us about the wicked. The Bible describes who the wicked are, how they think, what Elohim thinks about them, as well as the timing and circumstances of their fate. The only Scriptural references that I did not include are the ones that simply mention the word “wicked” in passing, without any commentary whatsoever. Not one verse indicates that they will receive more time or opportunity to repent. Very many verses place them in judgment. Wickedness is a relative condition. Some of us recognize our sins and have hope of recovering from them, others are terminally ill, like the guy with emphysema who smokes thru a hole in his throat! We have all sinned, but to paint us all with the same brush is not Biblical. Millions who are relatively righteous will be excused from death by their good works—totally unaware that Elohim is watching them (Matthew 25:34-40). Not so with the terminally wicked (Matthew 25:41-46)! The Called, the Culled and the Excused explains that there are four categories of people, not simply two. Millions of Biblically illiterate people are not wicked!
Anyone could have compiled this list with a concordance, but to my knowledge, no one has. This will save you a great deal of time. I tried not to skimp on the context and I used more than is customary. This compilation is in order, starting in Genesis and ending in 1 John 5, the last listing in the Bible. Here are the verses that Elohim gave us concerning the “wicked”. Watch for any indication that the “wicked” have any hope of resurrection for the purpose of “re-education” or (the other ditch), eternal LIFE in hell.
Genesis 18:16-26 Then the ‘men’ got up from ‘the meal’, and looked out toward Sodom; and Abraham waent with them to send them off. 17 Yehovah asked, “Should I hide what I am about to do from Abraham? 18 since Abraham will certainly become an important and populous nation, and every nation on earth will be blessed thru him? 19 I [the Son] have selected him to command his children and their families after him, to obey the way of Yehovah [the Father], by doing what is right and just, so that Yehovah will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him. 20 Yehovah said, “Because the outcries against Sodom and Gomorrah are so numerous, and because their sin is so very serious, 21 I’m going down now, and see if their behavior is as wicked as the reports that have come to Me. If not, I’ll know.
22 The two ‘men’ turned away, and headed for Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before Yehovah. 23 Abraham approached Him, and asked, “Would you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Would you still sweep them away without sparing the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who live there? 25 Be it far from you to do things like that, to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous like the wicked. Far be it from You. Shouldn’t the Judge of the entire world be just?” 26 Yehovah said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, then I’ll spare the entire region their sake.
Deuteronomy 17:1-7 You must never offer Yehovah your Elohim an ox or sheep with a defect or any serious flaw, because that is an abomination to Yehovah your Elohim. 2 “If a man or woman among you in one of your villages that that Yehovah your Elohim is giving you is found doing evil in the sight of Yehovah your Elohim, by violating His covenant, 3 and has served other elohim, and worshiped them—the sun, or the moon, or any of the stellar array, contrary to My command 4 and if you’re told or hear about it, then you must carefully inverstgate it. If it’s true and can be proven that such an abominatible thing has been done in Israel, 5 then you must bring the man or woman who has committed this wickedness to the city gates and you must stone ‘that person’ to death. 6 On the ‘testimony’ of two or three witnesses a person can be sentenced to death, but no one is to be executed on the testimony of a single witness. 7 The witnesses must be first in handling the execution, and then it’s in the hands of all the other people. You must purge the evil from among you.Apparently David’s “wicked and worthless men” were better men than his wicked and worthless enemies.
1 Samuel 30:21-23 Then David approached the two hundred men who had been so exhausted that they couldn’t follow ‘him’, who had stayed behind by the Besor brook. They came out to meet David and the troops with him. As David approached the men, he greeted them. 22 But then all the wicked and worthless men among David’s followers said, “Because they didn’t go with us, we won’t give them any of the spoils that we have recovered. Each of them should just take his wife and children and leave.” 23 But David said, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what Yehovah has given us. He has protected us, and handed us the raiding party that attacked us.
1 Kings 8:31-32 “When anyone sins against their neighbor and is required to take an oath, and comes to take the oath before Your altar in this temple, 32 then listen from heaven and judge Your servants’ claims. Condemn the wicked person by bringing down on his own head what he has done, and vindicate the innocent and give both of them what they deserve.
Elohim sending messengers was of no help—they killed the messengers. The following account describes Israel’s deliberate wickedness.
2 Kings 17:7-20 All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against Yehovah their Elohim, who had brought them out of Egypt from under the ‘fist’ of Pharaoh, king of Egypt and because they had worshiped other elohim 8 and ‘followed’ the ‘customs’s of the nations that Yehovah had driven out before the Israelites, as well as the customs that the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The Israelites did things secretly that were not right with Yehovah their Elohim. They built themselves high places in all their towns, from a watchtower to a fortified city. 10 They set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill, and under every green tree. 11 They burned incense in all the high places just like the nations that Yehovah had driven away before them had done. They did wicked things to provoke Yehovah to anger, [this sounds deliberate]. 12 They worshiped idols, even tho Yehovah had told them, “You must never do this”. ... 17 They passed their sons and daughters thru the fire, and practiced divination and interpreted omens, and devoted themselves to do evil in the sight of Yehovah and made Him angry. 18 So Yehovah was very angry with Israel and removed them from His presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left. 19 Even Judah failed to obey the Commandments of Yehovah their Elohim. They ‘adopted’ the ‘practices’ that Israel had introduced. 20 Yehovah rejected all descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and handed them over to their attackers until He had exiled them out of His sight.
No hope yet—just a call for judgment on the wicked:
2 Chronicles 6:18-23 18 But will Elohim really live on earth with humans? Look, if the sky and the ‘highest’ heaven can’t contain you, then how much less would this ‘temple’ I’ve built! 19 But consider Your servant’s prayer and my plea for mercy. Yehovah my Elohim, hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant prays in Your presence. 20 May Your eyes be on this ‘temple’ day and night, the place where You said You would put Your name. May You answer the prayer Your servant prays toward this place. 21 Listen to the requests of Your servant, and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear ‘all the way’ from heaven where You live. May You hear and forgive. 22 If someone sins against their neighborand and is required to take an oath, and comes to swear an oath before Your altar in this ‘temple’, 23 then hear from heaven, and take action. Judge Your servants and condemn the wicked by bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicate the innocent by treating them commensurate with their innocence.
No hope for the wicked yet!
It is quite apparent that Elohim expected our supposedly “unconverted” ancient Israelite forbearers to “pray”, “seek” Him, and “turn” from wickedness so that they could be “forgiven”!
Repentance for wickedness is the only solution—now, not later.
2 Chronicles 7:12-14 Yehovah appeared to Solomon one night, and told him, “I’ve answered your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a ‘temple’ of zebakim. 13 If I close up the sky so there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or if I send an epidemic on My people, 14 and if My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My ‘presence’, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.
The above account of Solomon dedicating the Temple goes on to describe the perpetuity of the kingdom if they will only refrain from wickedness.
Nehemiah 9:32-38 So now our Elohim, the great, mighty and awesome Elohim, who keeps His covenant and unfailing love—don’t consider all the hardships that our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our ancestors, and all Your people have been going thru from the time of the kings of Assyria until today as unimportant. 33 You are righteous in regard to everything that has happened to us, because You have remained faithful, while we have acted wickedly. 34 Our kings, leaders, priests, and ancestors didn’t obey your Torah, or pay attention to Your Commandments or the solemn admonitions that You gave them. 35 Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying the incredible good things that You gave them, in the large and fertile land that You put in front of them, they didn’t turn from their wicked behavior. 36 Look at us now. We’re slaves in the very land You gave our ancestors so that they could enjoy its fruit and to enjoy its bounty. But now we’re slaves! 37 Its abundant harvest goes to the kings You’ve placed over us due to our sins. They rule over our bodies and our livesock as they please. We’re in great distress. 38 Because of all this we are making a binding agreement in writing, and our princes, our Levites, and our priests put their seals on it.
It appears that the statements of Job’s friends are valid principles; the error was that they believed that to be tested severely was always a punishment from Elohim, rather than often times a test of character!
Job 11:20 But the sight of the wicked will fail. They’ll have nowhere to escape. Their only hope is to breathe their last.”
All records and even the “memory” of the existence of the wicked will be expunged from the earth, yet they did “not know Elohim”!
Job 18:5-21 The lamp of the wicked will definitely be snuffed out. The flame of his fire stops burning. 6 The light in his tent grows dark, and his overhead lamp goes out. 7 His vigorous stride is shortened, and his own schemes bring him down. 8 His own feet become entangled in a snare. He walked right into the net! 9 A snare grabs him by the heel; a noose seizes him. 10 A rope lies hidden for him on the ground, a trap for him on the path. 11 Terrors frighten him on every side, and chase his every step. 12 Hunger undermines his strength. Disaster lies ready beside him. 13 His skin is devoured by disease; death’s firstborn devours his limbs. 14 He is dragged from the security of his tent and led away to the king of terrors. 15 Nothing he had remains in his tent. Burning sulfur is scattered on his home. 16 Below his roots dry up, and above his branches wither away. 17 The memory of him perishs from the earth. Even ‘locally’ he has no name recognition. 18 They drive him from the light into darkness, and chase him from the civilized world. 19 He has no children or posterity among his people, nor any survivor where he used to live. 20 Those who come after him will be appalled by what happened to him, as those who went before him will tremble in horror [in the resurrection]. 21 Surely such are the dwellings of wicked people, and this is the place of the person who doesn’t know Elohim.
Still no hope for the wicked! Keep looking:
Job 20: 1-17, 26-29 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied, 2 My troubled thoughts compel me to answer, because I am quite disturbed. 3 I’ve heard criticism that insults me, and my understanding prompts me to reply. 4 Don’t you know that ever since antiquity, from the time Adam was placed on earth, 5 that the joy of the b>wicked is short, and the happiness of the lawless lasts but for a moment? 6 Tho his arrogance reaches the sky, and his head touches the clouds, 7 he’ll perish forever, like his own excrement; those who used to see him will ask, “Where is he?” 8 He’ll fly away like a dream, never to be found, chased away as in a nightmare. 9 Eyes that saw him will see him no more, he’ll never be seen where he had lived. 10 His children will ask the poor for help; his own hands must return his wealth. 11 His bones may be full of youthful vigor, but they lie down with him ‘in’ the dust. 12 Tho wickedness tastes sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue, 13 tho he savors it, and won’t let go of it, and lets it linger in his mouth, 14 his food in his stomach is changed within him into the venom of cobras. 15 The wealth he devoured he vomits up. Elohim will expel them from his belly. 16 He sucks the poison of cobras; and a viper’s ‘fangs’ slays him 17 He won’t ‘enjoy’ the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream. ... [Elohim never challenged these statements, rather He supported them.] 26 Total darkness awaits in hiding for him. A SELF IGNITING FIRE WILL CONSUME HIM [on Judgment Day] and devour whatever is left in his tent. 27 Heaven will reveal his depravity, and the earth will rise up against him. 28 A flood will wash away his house. His property will be washed away in the Day of His wrath [again Judgment Day]. 29 This is the wicked person’s fate from Elohim, it is the inheritance decreed for him by Elohim.
No second chance here! Surely, if the wicked had another chance it would be mentioned here!
Job 21:5-18, 27-32 Look at me and be appalled, and put your hand over your mouth. 6 When I think about this, I’m terrified, and I begin trembling in horror. 7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power? 8 Their descendants are established with them in their presence, their offspring within ‘sight’. 9 Their houses are safe and free from fear, and no rod from Elohim strikes them. 10 Their bulls never fail to breed. Their cows give birth to calves and never miscarry. 11 They allow their little ones to run around like a flock of lambs, and their children dance about. 12 They sing to the tambourine and harp, and make merry to the tune of the flute. 13 They spend their days in prosperity, and then quickly go down to Sheol. 14 They say to Elohim, “Leave us alone. We have no desire to understand Your ways. 15 Who is the Conqueror, that we should serve Him? What would we gain by praying to him?” 16 Their prosperity isn’t in their own hands. The counsel of the wicked is far from me. 17 How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? How often does disaster happen to them? Does He deal out destruction in His anger? 18 Are they ever like straw in the wind, like chaff swept away by a storm? ... 27 I am well aware of what you are thinking, and the schemes you plot against me. 28 You ask, ‘Where is the nobleman’s house, and the tents where the wicked people lived?’ 29 Haven’t you ever questioned travelers? Don’t you accept their accounts? 30 (Tho the wicked are reserved for the Day of Destruction [Gill’s], to be brought out on the Day of Wrath [Judgment Day].) 31 Who would denounce their behavior to their face? Who repays them for what they’ve done? 32 They are carried to the grave, and their tomb is guarded.
It was quite natural for Job to be focused on the wicked who seemed to be “getting away with murder”, then dying a peaceful death, while he suffered for no reason apparent to him. It seems just as natural to believe “what goes around comes around”. This is a true principle but it often takes longer to “come around” than we acknowledge. Sometimes Elohim is testing us and other times it is just time and chance.
Job 27:1, 7-23 1 Job continuing his diatribe said ... 7 May my enemies be punished like the wicked. May those who rise up against me be condemned like the unfair. 8 What HOPE does a lawless person have when they are cut off, when Elohim takes away their life? 9 Will Elohim hear their cry when trouble comes to them? 10 Will they find delight in the Conqueror? Will they call on Elohim continually? 11 I’ll teach you about Elohim’s ‘power’. I won’t hide what the Conqueror has planned. 12 You have all seen this, so why keep up this meaningless talk? 13 This is what Elohim has destined for wicked people, the inheritance that tyrants will receive from the Conqueror. 14 Even if he has many children, they are destined for the sword, and his descendants won’t have enough food. 15 Those who survive him are buried by the plague, yet their widows won’t cry for them. 16 Tho he hoards silver like dust, and stores up clothing like piles of clay, 17 righteous people will wear what he piles up, and the innocent will divide up his silver. 18 The house he built is fragile like a moth’s cocoon or like a hut made by a watchman. 19 He may go to bed rich, but never again. When he opens his eyes, it’s all gone. 20 Terrors overwhelm him like a flood; a windstorm sweeps him away in the night. 21 An east wind carries him off, and he’s gone. It sweeps him out of his place. 22 It hurls itself against him mercilessly, as he struggles to flee from its ‘grasp’. 23 ‘Men’ will clap their hands at him, and hiss him out of his place.
Job 31:3 Is it not destruction for the wicked, and disaster for evildoers?
Psalm 37:1-2, 7-40 Don’t fret because of the wicked, or be envious of those who work unrighteousness. 2 They’ll soon wither like grass, and wilt like green vegetation. ... 7 Wait patiently for Yehovah, wait longingly for Him. Don’t fret when someone prospers ‘doing things’ their way, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and leave rage behind. Don’t fret, it only leads to wickedness. 9 The evil will be cut down, but those who anticipate Yehovah will take possession of the land. 10 In a little while the wicked will no longer exist. Tho you carefully consider their standing, they aren’t there. 11 But the humble will inherit the earth, and will be delighted in an abundance of peace. 12 Wicked people plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them. 13 Yehovah will laugh at them, because He sees that their Judgment Day is coming. 14 Wicked people have drawn out their swords, and ‘strung’ their bows, to bring down the oppressed and needy, and slay those who are decent. 15 Their swords will pierce their own consciousness, and their bows will be broken. 16 The little that a righteous person has is better than the profusion of hordes of wicked people. 17 The arms of the wicked will be broken, but Yehovah sustains the righteous. 18 Yehovah knows the lifespan of the innocent. Their legacy will endure forever. 19 They won’t be ashamed in times of disaster; when famine comes they’ll have plenty. 20 The wicked will be exterminated. The enemies of Yehovah will be like a beautiful meadow. They’ll vanish— vanish like smoke. 21 Wicked people borrow, but don’t repay, but the righteous are compassionate and generous. 22 Those He blesses will inherit the earth. Those He curses will be cut down. 23 ‘Our’ steps are directed by Yehovah, when He delights in our ways. 24 Tho ‘we’ may stumble, we won’t fall, because Yehovah holds us by the hand. 25 In my youth, and now in my old age, I’ve never seen a righteous person abandoned, or his descendants begging for food. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; and his descendants are a blessing. 27 Avoid evil and do good, and you’ll live forever! 28 Yehovah loves justice, and won’t abandon His kadosh ones. They’ll be kept safe forever, but the descendants of wicked people will destroyed. 29 The righteous will inherit the earth, and live in it forever. 30 The mouths of the righteous spread wisdom, and their tongues speak what is fair. 31 The Torah of their Elohim is on their minds, their feet won’t slip. 32 Wicked people lie in wait for the righteous, intent on killing them. 33 Yehovah won’t leave ‘them’ in their grasp, or allow them to be condemned when they are brought to trial. 34 Wait for Yehovah, and follow His paths, and He’ll elevate you by giving you the land; and when the wicked are destroyed, you’ll see it. 35 I’ve seen the wicked acting like tyrants, flourishing like luxuriant native trees, 36 Then he passed away and he was gone! I looked for him, but he couldn’t be found. 37 Notice a wholesome person, and see the righteous, there is a future  for a peaceful person. 38 As for rebels, they’ll be exterminated all together. The future of the wicked will be cut short. 39 The deliverance of the righteous is from Yehovah. He is their refuge in a time of trouble. 40 Yehovah helps and rescues them. He rescues them from wicked people, and saves them, because they take refuge in Him. 7 Wait patiently for Yehovah, wait longingly for Him. Don’t fret when someone prospers ‘doing things’ their way, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and leave rage behind. Don’t fret, it only leads to wickedness. 9 The evil will be cut down, but those who anticipate Yehovah will take possession of the land. 10 In a little while the wicked will no longer exist. Tho you carefully consider their standing, they aren’t there. 11 But the humble will inherit the earth, and will be delighted in an abundance of peace. 12 Wicked people plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them. 13 Yehovah will laugh at them, because He sees that their Judgment Day is coming. 14 Wicked people have drawn out their swords, and ‘strung’ their bows, to bring down the oppressed and needy, and slay those who are decent. 15 Their swords will pierce their own consciousness, and their bows will be broken. 16 The little that a righteous person has is better than the profusion of hordes of wicked people. 17 The arms of the wicked will be broken, but Yehovah sustains the righteous. 18 Yehovah knows the lifespan of the innocent. Their legacy will endure forever. 19 They won’t be ashamed in times of disaster; when famine comes they’ll have plenty. 20 The wicked will be exterminated. The enemies of Yehovah will be like a beautiful meadow. They’ll vanish— vanish like smoke. 21 wicked people borrow, but don’t repay, but the righteous are compassionate and generous. 22 Those He blesses will inherit the earth. Those He curses will be cut down. 23 ‘Our’ steps are directed by Yehovah, when He delights in our ways. 24 Tho ‘we’ may stumble, we won’t fall, because Yehovah holds us by the hand. 25 In my youth, and now in my old age, I’ve never seen a righteous person abandoned, or his descendants begging for food. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; and his descendants are a blessing. 27 Avoid evil and do good, and you’ll live forever! 28 Yehovah loves justice, and won’t abandon His kadosh ones. They’ll be kept safe forever, but the descendants of wicked people will destroyed. 29 The righteous will inherit the earth, and live in it forever. 30 The mouths of the righteous spread wisdom, and their tongues speak what is fair. 31 The Torah of their Elohim is on their minds, their feet won’t slip. 32 Wicked people lie in wait for the righteous, intent on killing them. 33 Yehovah won’t leave ‘them’ in their grasp, or allow them to be condemned when they are brought to trial. 34 Wait for Yehovah, and follow His paths, and He’ll elevate you by giving you the land; and when the wicked are destroyed, you’ll see it. 35 I’ve seen the wicked acting like tyrants, flourishing like luxuriant native trees, 36 Then he passed away and he was gone! I looked for him, but he couldn’t be found. 37 Notice a wholesome person, and see the righteous, there is a future  for a peaceful person. 38 As for rebels, they’ll be exterminated all together. The future of the wicked will be cut short. 39 The deliverance of the righteous is from Yehovah. He is their refuge in a time of trouble. 40 Yehovah helps and rescues them. He rescues them from wicked people, and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.
Psalm 50:1-4, 15-23 The Mighty One, Elohim, Yehovah, speaks, and calls the earth from sunrise to sunset. 2 From Zion, the perfection of beauty, Elohim shone with rays of light. 3 Our Elohim will come [on Judgment Day],, and won’t remain silent, before Him is a devouring fire, and around Him a great storm. 4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, to witness the judgment of His people. [Yeshua, 2 Timothy 4:1] ... 15 Call on Me in a time of trouble. I’ll rescue you, and you’ll honor Me.” 16 But to the wicked Elohim says, “What right do you have reciting My statutes and lecturing about My covenant? 17 You hate correction, and hurl My words behind you. 18 When you see a thief, you befriend him, and you associate with adulterers. 19 You cut loose your mouth for evil. Your tongue is devoted to deceit. 20 You sit and malign your brother. You slander your own mother’s son. 21 You’ve done these things, and I remained silent. You thought I was just like you [they knew nothing about the mind of Elohim!]. I’ll reprimand you, and present a case for you to see. 22 Consider this, you who forget Elohim, or I’ll tear you to pieces, and there be no one to rescue you. 23 Whoever makes an offering of thanksgiving honors Me. Whoever stays their course will see Elohim’s deliverance.”[they knew nothing about the mind of Elohim!].