Sunday, February 24, 2013

Character of the Wicked


The following 56 characteristics of the wicked are described in scripture. Note how many seem to describe many who hold public office and many in corporate positions today. It would be a worthwhile study for those who would like to recognize evil in its true form. Note that these characteristics are embodied in the works of the devil.
  1. Abominable (Vile) Rev. 21:8
  2. Alienated from God Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21
  3. Arrogant Psalm 5:5
  4. Blasphemous Luke 22:65; Rev. 16:9
  5. Blinded 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 4:18
  6. Boastful Psalm 10:3, 49:6
  7. Conspiring (Plotting, Scheming) against God's people Nehemiah 4:8, 6:2; Psalm 38:12
  8. Covetous (Greedy) Micah 2:2; Rom. 1:29
  9. Deceitful Psalm 5:6; Rom. 3:13
  10. Delighting in the iniquity of others (Rejoice in the perverseness of evil) Prov. 2:14; Rom. 1:32
  11. Despising (Mocking and ridiculing) the works of the faithful Neh. 2:19, 4:2; 2 Tim. 3:3-4
  12. Destructive Isa. 59:7
  13. Disobedient Neh. 9:26; Titus 3:3
  14. Enticing to evil Prov. 1:10-14; 2 Tim. 3:6
  15. Envious Neh. 2:10; Titus 3:3
  16. Fearful Prov.28:1
  17. Fierce (Violent, Brutal) Prov.16:29; 2 Tim. 3:3
  18. Foolish Deut. 32:6
  19. Forgetting God Job 8:13
  20. Fraudulent (Dishonest, False) Psalm 37:21; Micah 6:11
  21. Froward (Guilty, Willful) Prov. 21:8; Isa. 57:17
  22. Glorying in their shame Phil. 3:19
  23. Hard-hearted (Unwilling to listen) Ezek. 3:7
  24. Hating the light Job 24:13; John 3:20
  25. Heady and high-minded 2 Tim. 3:4
  26. Hostile to God Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21
  27. Hypocritical Isa. 29:13; 2 Tim. 3:5
  28. Ignorant of God Hosea 4:1; 2 Thess. 1:8
  29. Impudent Ezek. 2:4
  30. Infidel (Unbeliever) Psalm 10:4, 14:1
  31. Loathsome (Wicked) Prov. 13:5
  32. Lovers of pleasure more than of God 2 Tim. 3:4
  33. Lying Psalm 58:3, 62:4; Isa. 59:4
  34. Mischievous (Schemer, Conspirer) Prov. 24:8; Micah 7:3
  35. Murderous Psalm 10:8, 94:6; Rom 1:29
  36. Prayerless Job 21:15; Psalm 53:4
  37. Persecuting Psalm 69:26, 109:16
  38. Perverse (Warped) Deut. 32:5
  39. Proud Psalm 59:12; Obad. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:2
  40. Rejoicing in the affliction of saints Psalm 35:15
  41. Reprobate (Unfaithful) 2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Tim. 3:8; Titus 1:16
  42. Selfish 2 Tim. 3:2
  43. Sensual (Earthly things, Natural instincts) Phil. 3:19; Jude 19
  44. Sold under sin 1 Kings 21:20; 2 Kings 17:17
  45. Stiff-hearted (Obstinate and stubborn) Ezek. 2:4
  46. Stiff-necked Exod. 33:5; Acts 7:51
  47. Uncircumcised in heart Jer. 9:26; Acts 7:51
  48. Unjust (Wicked) Prov. 11:7; Isa. 26:10
  49. Unmerciful (Ruthless) Rom. 1:31
  50. Ungodly (Worthless, Scoundrel) Prov. 16:27
  51. Unholy 2 Tim. 3:2
  52. Unprofitable (Worthless) Matt. 25:30; Rom. 3:12
  53. Unruly (Rebellious) Titus 1:10
  54. Unthankful (Ungrateful) Luke 6:35; 2 Tim. 3:2
  55. Untoward (Corrupt) Acts 2:40
  56. Unwise Deut. 32:6
Those of us who call ourselves Christians must constantly measure our behavior against the standards of scripture to be sure we are staying on track. If our behavior and attitudes are described in the characteristics of the wicked, we have some repenting and revising of the way we act and think. Selah.
Rejoice if you've avoided the above attitudes or behaviors. Repent and seek God's forgiveness if any have crept into your life.

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