Sunday, November 15, 2020

Spiritual Quote of the Day (Book of Psalms, on the Arrogance of the Wicked Man)

“In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises….
His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, ‘God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.’…
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.”—Psalm 10: 2, 6-11, 14-15

One of the wicked men of the Bible was Belshazzar, featured in the famous “handwriting on the wall” episode in the fifth chapter of the Book of Daniel, as well as in the 1635 painting Belshazzar's Feast (accompanying this post), by the Dutch artist Rembrandt (1606-1669).

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