Surely God is good to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
A beautiful quote which describes so well many of people I have encountered. Although this is from the Bible, I feel it can be applied to a wide range of situations. The words are so powerful yet so true. It elicits a sense of pride for people who really and truly do follow the path of truth, honesty. Followers of the truth and that which is fair often stand alone, crying a tear or two in darkness to overcome the pain, set backs and struggles of fighting. Such people are often simple in their thoughts, ideas and live a fairly simple life. I have seen such people suffer at the hands of evil. Their tears silent, their anguish private but struggle visible, and unmoved. This evil need not be limited to death and destruction in masses, but in the smallness of words, the smallness of actions and inactions. Ignorance, rudeness, violence, oppression, control and much more are all stems of evil. But it is this simplicity of people who are honest which sets them apart from all the rest; their faith and resilience contributes to their long lasting success. Let us not hurt those who are innocent and let us not underestimate the power an innocent person has against evil.