3 Draw me
not away [mashak] with the wicked [rasha`],
and with the workers [pa`al] of iniquity ['aven], which speak [dabar] peace [shalowm] to their neighbours [rea`],
but mischief [ra`] is in their hearts [lebab]. KJV-Interlinear
3 Do not
drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity; Who speak peace
with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts. NASB
The metaphor of, draw me not away, is a prayer requesting that the individual will not be treated in the same fashion as evil people will be treated. Do not include me in with their number. Do not include me in their judgments or punishments.
And even though there are innumerable examples of evil people who seem nice or sincere or kindhearted on the outside, their hearts on the inside are evil.
Evil people are defined by the content of their souls.
Bible doctrine in the soul, determines the separation of the good from the bad.
There is no such thing as a victimless crime, nor a victimless sin. Any and all departures from Gods divine design, is evil by definition. And if you believe that your choice for something other than God intended, affects only you, then you are greatly mistaken. For any decision, action or even a thought that is in error, spiritually speaking, will sooner or later have an impact or influence on how others may think, and thus misdirect them into those same compromising ideas.
Social norms and standards generally have the greatest influence and therefore the greatest impact on society and subsequent generations. The developmental direction of those same social standards sooner or later determines the public standards for leadership or even entertainment.
And as goes the attitude toward doctrine and truth, so goes the direction of society. And if society intertwines itself in false concepts, then the punishments for those false standards likewise attach themselves to society.
When society is saturated with evil in whatever form, then the punishments likewise can saturate society on a large scale. And when that occurs, then everyone can be affected.
However, God hears the prayers of those who are obedient to Him, and even though life may swirl out of control around you, there is always that extra and unseen aid that comes to you from heaven. This does not mean that you will not be affected by the problems of the world, but it does mean that God will bring you help in such a manner that is best for you and compatible with His plan for you.
Simply avoid imitating the thoughts and actions of others, and certainly avoid blaming or complaining.
Learn and know the signs of the times as you would the seasons of the year, and be forewarned of impending difficulties that can be drawn out over long periods of time in their development and their duration, and adjust your life accordingly as best you are able.
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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.
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