Ruin and misery (Rom 3:16)

“Ruin

And misery are

In their paths.”

σύντριμμα καὶ ταλαιπωρία ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς αὐτῶν,  

Paul continued with Isaiah 59:7-8, who had said that these hypocrites’ thoughts were thoughts of iniquity.  Paul said that ruin (σύντριμμα) and misery (καὶ ταλαιπωρία) were in their paths (ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς αὐτῶν).  Only the Pauline letters used this word σύντριμμα, that means a fracture, a calamity, or destruction.  Desolation and destruction were on their highways.  They are always thinking about evil deeds and iniquity.  Their roads were full of desolation and destruction.  Do you know anyone who is always thinking about physically hurting other people?

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