… insolence …

“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “This is what the Lord says, ‘So I will destroy the insolence of Judah and the insolence of Jerusalem, this great insolence, those who are unwilling to listen to my words and have gone after foreign gods, to serve them and worship them. They will be like this girdle that is useful for nothing.’”

(Jeremiah 13:8–10, LES)

in•so•lence \ˈin(t)-s(ə-)lən(t)s\ noun
14th century
1: the quality or state of being insolent
2: an instance of insolent conduct or treatment
in•so•lent -s(ə-)lənt\ adjective
[Middle English, from Latin insolent-, insolens unaccustomed, overbearing, from in- + solens, present participle of solēre to be accustomed; perhaps akin to Latin sodalis comrade—more at SIB] 14th century
1: insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct: OVERBEARING
2: exhibiting boldness or effrontery: IMPUDENT synonym see PROUD—insolent noun—in•so•lent•ly adverb
overbearing adjective
1614
1 a: tending to overwhelm: OVERPOWERING
b: decisively important: DOMINANT
2: harshly and haughtily arrogant synonym see PROUD—over•bear•ing•ly -iŋ-lē\ adverb
im•pu•dent -dənt\ adjective
[Middle English, from Latin impudent-, impudens, from in- + pudent-, pudens, present participle of pudēre to feel shame] 14th century
1 obsolete: lacking modesty
2: marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others: INSOLENT—im•pu•dent•ly adverb
Inc Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003).

“We have heard of the pride of Moab— how proud he is!— of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence; in his idle boasting he is not right.”

(Isaiah 16:6, ESV)

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.”

(Romans 1:28–2:1, ESV)

“But if you do not hear, your soul will weep in secret on account of the presence of insolence. And your eyes will bring down tears, for the flock of the Lord has been crushed. Say to the king and to those who rule: “Be humbled and sit down, because your crown of glory has been removed from your head.””

(Jeremiah 13:17–18, LES)

“We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud— of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart. I know his insolence, declares the LORD; his boasts are false, his deeds are false. Therefore I wail for Moab; I cry out for all Moab; for the men of Kir-hareseth I mourn.”

(Jeremiah 48:29–31, ESV)

“Pharaoh with his abundance of chariots, the former ruler of this Egypt, exalted with lawless insolence and boastful tongue, you destroyed together with his arrogant army by drowning them in the sea, manifesting the light of your mercy on the nation of Israel. Sennacherib exulting in his countless forces, oppressive king of the Assyrians, who had already gained control of the whole world by the spear and was lifted up against your holy city, speaking grievous words with boasting and insolence, you, O Lord, broke in pieces, showing your power to many nations.”

(3 Maccabees 6:4–5, NRSV)

“You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments; take away from me their scorn and contempt, for I have kept your decrees.”

(Psalm 119:21–22, NRSV)

… irritating God …

““Are you the firstborn of the human race? Were you brought forth before the hills? Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself? What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us?”

(Job 15:7–9, NRSV)

“Do not remove an ancient landmark or encroach on the fields of orphans, for their redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.”

(Proverbs 23:10–11, NRSV)

I, the Lord, was ready to answer even those who were not asking and to be found by those who were not searching. To a nation that refused to worship me, I said, “Here I am!” All day long I have reached out to stubborn and sinful people going their own way. They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks. They spend their nights hiding in burial caves; they eat the meat of pigs, cooked in sauces made of stuff unfit to eat. And then they say to others, “Don’t come near us! We’re dedicated to God.” Such people are like smoke, irritating my nose all day.

(Isaiah 65:1–5, CEV)

“For the leaders of my people do not know me. They are foolish and not wise children; they are skilled at acting evilly, but they do not know how to act well.”

(Jeremiah 4:22, LES)

“Because profane people have been found among my people, and snares have been set up to destroy the men utterly, and they are captured by them. Just as a set trap is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Because of this, they have increased and have become wealthy. And they have transgressed judgment. They have not judged the cause of the orphan, and they have not decided the cause of the widow. Shall I not visit on account of this?” says the Lord. “Or shall my soul not be avenged on such a nation as this?””

(Jeremiah 5:26–29, LES)

… a refuge …

“For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.”

(Isaiah 25:4–5, NRSV)

““Be witnesses to me, and I am a witness,” says the Lord God, “and the child, whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe and understand that I am; before me there is no other God, and there will be no one with me. I am God, and there is no one besides me who saves. I have declared, and I have saved; I have reproached, and there was no other among us. You are my witnesses, and I am the Lord God, even from the beginning. There is no one who rescues out of my hands; I act, and who will turn it back?””

(Isaiah 43:10–13, LES)

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

(Psalm 71:1–3, ESV)

“Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah”

(Psalm 24:3–6, ESV)

“Those who walk righteously and speak uprightly, who despise the gain of oppression, who wave away a bribe instead of accepting it, who stop their ears from hearing of bloodshed and shut their eyes from looking on evil, they will live on the heights; their refuge will be the fortresses of rocks; their food will be supplied, their water assured.”

(Isaiah 33:15–16, NRSV)

“With the LORD on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? The LORD is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”

(Psalm 118:6–9, NRSV)

… seek justice …

Seek the Lord, all you humble ones of the land; perform judgment, and seek righteousness, and answer the things, in order that you may be covered on the day of the Lord’s wrath.

(Zephaniah 2:3, LES)

““You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”

(Deuteronomy 16:18–20, ESV)

And I will leave among you a people meek and humble, and they will reverence the name of the Lord, the remnant of Israel; and they will not do injustice, and they will not speak vanity, and there will not be found a deceitful tongue in their mouth; because they will pasture and cause to rest, and there will not be one who frightens them.”

(Zephaniah 3:12–13, LES)

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.”

(Proverbs 21:21, NRSV)

“But the LORD of hosts is exalted by justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness.”

(Isaiah 5:16, NRSV)

” … Maintain justice, and do what is right … “

“Thus says the LORD: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil.” (Isaiah 56:1–2, NRSV)

… wisdom …

““But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?”

(Job 28:12, NRSV)

“… this is your wisdom … “

Look! I have shown you the ordinances and judgments just as the Lord commanded me, to do so in the land into which you are entering there to take possession of it. And you shall keep and do them, for this is your wisdom and understanding in the sight of all nations; all who may hear all these ordinances will say, ‘Look, this great nation is a wise and prudent people.’ For what other great nation has for itself a god near to it like the Lord our God in all when we appeal to him? And what other great nation has for itself ordinances and just judgments according to all this law that I am delivering to you today?

(Deuteronomy 4:5–8, LES)

“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.”

(Ecclesiastes 1:18, NRSV)

“For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to the one who possesses it.”

(Ecclesiastes 7:12, NRSV)

“I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.” The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good.”

(Ecclesiastes 9:13–18, NRSV)

“Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God—and all the more toward you.”

(2 Corinthians 1:12, NRSV)

“My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, you will find a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

(Proverbs 24:13–14, NRSV)

“And my language and the Message that I proclaimed were not adorned with persuasive words of earthly wisdom, but depended upon truths which the Spirit taught and mightily carried home; so that your trust might rest not on the wisdom of man but on the power of God.”

(1 Corinthians 2:4–5, WNT)

“Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.”

(Proverbs 14:33, ESV)

“This is what the Lord says: “Stand on the roads, and see, and inquire of the eternal paths of the Lord, and see what is the good way! And proceed in it, and you will find purification for your souls.” …”

(Jeremiah 6:16, LES)

… what is truth?

.. truth is a valuable commodity ..

“But truth endures and is strong forever, and lives and prevails forever and ever. With it there is no partiality or preference, but it does what is righteous instead of anything that is unrighteous or wicked. Everyone approves its deeds, and there is nothing unrighteous in its judgment. To it belongs the strength and the kingship and the power and the majesty of all the ages. Blessed be the God of truth!” When he stopped speaking, all the people shouted and said, “Great is truth, and strongest of all!””

(1 Esdras 4:38–41, NRSV)

“The dead will rise, and those in the tombs will be raised, and those in the earth will rejoice; for the dew from you is a remedy for them, but the land of the impious will fall.””

(Isaiah 26:19, LES)

“Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind?”

(Job 38:36, NRSV)

“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.”

(Ecclesiastes 1:18, NRSV)

“… falsehood and not faith grew strong upon the land …”

“Who will give water for my head and a spring of tears for my eyes! Then I would lament this people of mine day and night, those of the daughter of my people who are wounded. Who would give me a remote lodging place in the wilderness? Will I leave my people behind and depart from them?
Because they all commit adultery; they are an assembly of traitors. And they bent their tongue like a bow; falsehood and not faith grew strong upon the land, for they went from evil to evil, and they did not know me. Each of you: watch out for his neighbor! And do not trust his brother! Because every brother will strike with his heel, and every friend will walk deceitfully.
Each one will mock his friend; they will never speak truth. Their tongue has learned to speak lies; they did wrong and did not give up turning to evil. Usury upon usury, and deceit upon deceit; they were unwilling to know me.
Because of this, this is what the Lord says: “Look! I will purge them, and I will test them, for I will act because of the presence of the evil of the daughter of my people. Their tongue is a wounding javelin. The words of their mouth are deceitful; he speaks peaceful things to his friend, and he has enmity within himself. Shall I not look at these things?” says the Lord, “or shall my soul not be avenged on such a people?””

(Jeremiah 9:1–9, LES)

… will He find faith?

“ But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”” Jesus

Luke 18:8

… and that’s the real question, isn’t it? Jesus the Nazarene, the Son of God, the High Priest of Judaism, the Christ, ponders the question of questions for someone who follows His teachings; how many will he find on the earth who have faith?

… in the first paragraph of the eighteenth chapter of the book called Luke, it is written; “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1, ESV) it is at the end of this paragraph where Jesus verbally ponders the question will he find faith on earth. and it begins with a desire to get them to pray.

“He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?””

(Luke 18:2–8, ESV)

… the author of the book called Hebrews, wrote, “Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see. God accepted our ancestors because of their faith. Faith convinces us that God created the world through his word. This means what can be seen was made by something that could not be seen.” (Hebrews 11:1–3, GW) or as the KJV puts it, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV 1900)

… when we pray, we put our faith to action. if you thought that something

Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Matthew 3:8, NLT)

… i will trust in Him …

“he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

(Isaiah 25:8–9, NRSV)

“My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.”

(Isaiah 26:9, NRSV)

“For I am poor and needy, and my heart is pierced within me. I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust. My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt. I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads. Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love. Let them know that this is your hand; you, O LORD, have done it. Let them curse, but you will bless. Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad.”

(Psalm 109:22–28, NRSV)

““But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?”

(Job 28:12, NRSV)

“Praise the LORD! Happy are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor. The wicked see it and are angry; they gnash their teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.”

(Psalm 112, NRSV)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

(Isaiah 43:2, NRSV)

“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people who have my teaching in your hearts; do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you. For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my deliverance will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.”

(Isaiah 51:7–8, NRSV)

“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”

(Lamentations 3:25–26, NRSV)

“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.”

(Psalm 130:5–6, NRSV)

“A Song of Ascents. Of David.
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time on and forevermore.”

(Psalm 131, NRSV)

the tongue of a poor man

… why do we listen to the wealthy in our society, and ignore the poor?

… what is it about the rich that causes us to overlook so many evils that they commit while so many are in such great need?

What peace does a hyena have toward a dog? And what peace does the rich have toward the poor? Wild asses are the prey of the lions in the desert; so the poor are a feeding ground for the rich. Humility is an abomination to the proud, so the poor is an abomination to the rich.

(Sirach 13:18–20, LES)

“For the counsel of evil people will plan lawless things, to ruin lowly people by unjust words and to scatter lowly people’s words in judgment. But pious people have planned intelligent things, and this counsel will remain.”

(Isaiah 32:7–8, LES)

“I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.” The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good.”

(Ecclesiastes 9:13–18, NRSV)

… a question of a fair balance ..

“I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.””

(2 Corinthians 8:13–15, NRSV)