Violence covers the mouth of the wicked

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 10:11 NKJV.

What the wicked say is not heard or heeded; their violence nullifies it.violence covers mouth

Wicked, rasha, Strong’s # 7563: Wicked, wrong, violently disrupted, godless, lawless, guilty, condemned, punishable, vicious, unrighteous, and sinful. Rasha is used in parallel with practically every Hebrew word for sin, evil, and iniquity. God is opposed to these type of people (Ex. 23:7; Job. 9:22; Ps.77:28).

Generally rasha speaks of turbulence, restlessness, what is disjointed and poorly regulated. They love violence (Ps. 11:5) some sense of violent internal disturbance may be conveyed (as if to say that a man is wicked because of unresolved inner turmoil).

It is suggested that it is the confusion in which the wicked live and the perpetual agitation which they cause in others. People with this characteristic are guilty of violating the social rights of others through oppression, greed, exploitation, murder, dishonesty in business, and twisting justice (Ex. 2:13; Num. 35:31; 2 Sam.4:11). They hate the Lord (2 Chr.19:2). They are hostile toward God and His people (Ps. 7:9, 17:13; Isa.13:11).

Often the wicked are contrasted with the righteous, as in our text, and in Gen. 18:23, where Abraham knew that God regarded these two groups of people as requiring separate treatment.

In summary, rasha is negative behavior from evil thoughts, words, and deeds which are contrary to God’s character and hostile to the human family (Isa. 57:20).

In short, one who lives like this has a lifestyle which is completely contrary to the laws of God (Prov. 17:15; Dan. 12:10). Only through true repentance, confession, and prayer can it be reversed (Ps.71:4; 82:4; Isa. 55:7).

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