The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And His soul hates the [malevolent] one who loves violence.
Behold, the [wicked and irreverent] man is pregnant with sin,
And he conceives mischief and gives birth to lies.
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the [very] pit which he made [as a trap].
His mischief will return on his own head,
And his violence will come down on the top of his head [like loose dirt].
Do not envy a man of violence
And do not choose any of his ways.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous [the upright, those in right standing with God],
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The violence of the wicked will [return to them and] drag them away [like fish caught in a net],
Because they refuse to act with justice.
An angry man stirs up strife,
And a hot-tempered and undisciplined man commits many transgressions.
“For I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong and violence,” says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore keep watch on your spirit, so that you do not deal treacherously [with your wife].”