“1 Woe is me! For I am as when the summer fruits have been gathered, as when the vintage grapes have been gleaned and there is no cluster to eat, no first-ripe fig for which my appetite craves.
2 The godly man has perished from the earth, and there is none upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; each hunts his brother with a net.
3 Both their hands are put forth and are upon what is evil to do it diligently; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters his evil desire. Thus they twist between them [the course of justice].
4 The best of them is like a brier; the most upright or the straightest is like a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, even of [God’s] judgment and your punishment, has come; now shall be their perplexity and confusion.
5 Trust not in a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Keep the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom.
6 For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies are the men (members) of his own house.
7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteous deliverance.
10 Then my enemy will see it, and shame will cover her who said to me, Where is the Lord your God? My eyes will see my desire upon her; now she will be trodden down as the mire of the streets.”
In Hebrew the word for ‘blood’ is the same word as for ‘money’ – this makes this an even more interesting bible study – do you think that there are men who hunt their brothers with a net? I think so – the lure of money is more important to these folks than their fellow man. A good example would be George Soros breaking the Bank of England – did he care about his fellow man?
Verse three emphasises this by saying that “Both their hands are put forth and are upon what is evil to do it diligently” – the diligent doing of evil is showing us not just that this evil is in the open but that it is statutorily accepted and promoted, don’t you think?
“Trust not in a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Keep the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom.” – and don’t forget to not speak in front of your Samsung TV
“I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me.” – there are seasons in life which seem unfair, and sometimes they are just that. Sometimes however they are because of sin, and it can take us time to unravel the sin in our lives to show it in a way which we can see and repent of. I’ll talk more about this when I cover curses.
I hope you’ll take some time to selah over this passage. I’ve taken this from the Amplified Translation – I hope you enjoy it!
God Bless you