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What Does Wicked Mean?
The English word "wicked" originated from the old Anglo-Saxon word wiker (or "wicker" in the present-day spelling) which meant to twist i.e. a candle "wick" is called that because it is twisted (and ironically, it burns, as the wicked are also going to do if they don't repent). The twisted definition of wicked was formed from an earlier word meaning weak i.e. not strong enough to resist being twisted (the English words wicked, wick and weak all originated from the same word). Just as string is weak enough to be twisted into wicks, people can allow themselves to be weak enough to be "twisted" into a state of wickedness (although wickedness takes many forms, the word for witchcraft, wicca, is also based on the same root word as weak, wick and wicked).
In the Holy Bible, the Hebrew word that is translated as "wicked" is pronounced raw-shaw. It means to be wrong by making trouble, or twisting things with "wicked work" i.e.
"141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties." (Psalm 141:4 KJV)
The Greek word of the New Testament that is usually translated as "wicked" is pronounced pon-ay-ros. It means to be hurtful by degeneracy i.e. "twisting" what is good into something that is demoralized psychologically and perverted physically. As with the Hebrew word, it is done by "wicked works" - sick, Satanic behavior. Notice carefully however that the "wicked" can become "untwisted" by repentance and obedience to God's Law.
"1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled" (Colossians 1:21 KJV)
"Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee"
Simon the sorcerer (see Simon Magus) was a prime example of how people often twist true Christianity into self-serving (i.e. selfish) wickedness (see Weapons of Mass Deception). He was rebuked by another Simon, more popularly known as Peter.
"8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
When confronted by the wicked religionists who attempted to "twist" the Messiah's Words, He defined "wickedness" with another word - "hypocrites." Very often, the wicked will seek to "twist" others while maintaining an untwisted, or righteous (i.e. "right") appearance for themselves (as in fact Satan does himself - see Face Of An Angel, Heart Of A Devil).
"22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
In the end, all of the wicked will be given their warning to repent and obey God's Sacred Law. The wicked who do not repent, will become "wicks" in the fire to come (see They Shall Be Ashes).
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
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