“Foolishness And Evil” (Psalm 7: 14 – 17, ESV) by Carley Evans

Sometimes wickedness appears synonymous to foolishness (as sometimes righteousness seems to wisdom.)

“And on his own skull his violence descends.”

I think of the young man (approximately 18 to 24) who rides his Harley out across the back roads of — say, South Carolina — without a helmet, at speeds he should avoid. The Harley spins out, the young man is ejected from its seat, and “on his own skull his violence descends.”

“He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole he has made.”

I think of the older man (approximately 35 – 65) who schemes at his place of employment to defraud, embezzle, hide funds who later “falls into the hole that he has made.”

Sometimes, wickedness is synonymous with evil.

“Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.”

True, premeditated wickedness is hard for me to even imagine. The woman who schemes in advance to murder her elderly husband for an early inheritance. The young couple who defraud a home buyer by covering up serious issues such as a poor foundation or black mold. This sort of evil is akin to a bad movie script, not reality. Yet, there are people who plan to commit wickedness.

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Psalm 7: 17)

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