The violent treacherous ones (Isa 24:16-24:18)

“But I say.

‘I pine away!

I pine away!

Woe is me!

The treacherous deal treacherously.

The treacherous deal very treacherously.’

Terror,

The pit,

The snare

Are upon you!

O inhabitant of the earth!

Whoever flees at the sound of the terror

Shall fall into the pit.

Whoever climbs out of the pit

Shall be caught in the snare.”

The mood changes quickly, as Isaiah pines away because he is worried about the violent treacherous people who deal very treacherously, just like we have today. They create terror as they set pits and snares to catch people. If you flee, you will fall into a pit. Even if you crawl out of the pit, you will be caught in a snare trap. There is no escape.

The righteous man (Prov 29:5-29:7)

“Whoever flatters a neighbor

Is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet.

In the transgressions of the evil

There is a snare.

But the righteous sing.

The righteous rejoice.

The righteous know the rights of the poor.

The wicked have no such understanding.”

If you flatter your neighbor, you are setting a trap or net for his feet. In the very transgression of the evil deed, there is a snare trap. The righteous sing and rejoice. They know about the rights of the poor, while the wicked have no understanding of the poor.