You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
wickedness [rish`ah] burneth [ba`ar] as the
fire: ['esh] it shall devour ['akal] the briers [shamiyr] and
thorns, [shayith] and shall kindle [yatsath] in the thickets [cabak] of
the forest, [ya`ar] and they shall mount up ['abak] like the lifting up [ge'uwth] of smoke. [`ashan] KJV-Interlinear
wickedness burns like a fire; It consumes briars and thorns; It even sets the
thickets of the forest aflame, And they roll upward in a column of smoke. NASB
Evil is the policy of Satan.
Wickedness is the action of evil, the thoughts, activities, intents, attitudes and so forth.
These cover the entire realm of cosmos diabolicus, or the plan of Satan that includes all that is anti-God, anti-truth, and make up all of the corruption that this universe has been exposed to since his original fall.
When people live outside of the fellowship sphere, the environment in which believers are mandated to live within, then their lives are driven by evil and their productivity (wood, hay, and stubble) is nothing more than wickedness. This includes all manner of criminal activity and social arrogance in every form imaginable.
When believers live within the fellowship sphere, then their lives are directed by doctrine and their productivity (gold, silver, and precious stones) is defined as divine good.
Divine good maintains high value and is the basis for divine favor and reward.
The productivity of evil is destined for burning and total destruction, and has no value.
And wickedness burns as a raging fire out of control. First the tender of dry shrubs and weeds and such, smolder and smoke and kindle. Then they spark into a fire that consumes other shrubs and weeds and grasses and spreads rapidly to greater objects of burnable material such as trees and buildings.
The shrubs are the people who turn to evil and reject God and truth, and in their destructive fire, the whole realm of national and social structure is burned down in an out of control crashing heap of fire and smoke and ash.
This verse describes a society that is out of control, and the result of that failure is horrendous disaster.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.