28 Characteristics Of
How would you define a wicked
man? What are some words that come to mind when thinking of one?
Sinner? Evil? Disobedient? Proud? Liar? Blasphemer?
In this particular study, we
would like to examine the Scriptures and see how the Word of God defines
someone who is wicked and evil before God and men. May we glean much
information from the Scriptures as a result of this study.
Proverbs 1:10 - "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not."
A sinner is one who is accounted as guilty. He is an offender. He is
sinful. With flattery and fair speech, he seduces, deceives, allures, and
persuades others into wrongdoing.
2 Timothy 3:6 - "For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and
lead captive silly women...."
Like serpents, these false prophets slyly wind their way into families.
They try to insinuate themselves into the good opinion of others. They are
after the weak-minded - "silly women" - who are easily flattered, charmed,
and under the influence of sinful pleasures and propensities and various
kinds of passions and lusts. They capture the minds and hearts of these
"little women" and bring them into captivity through their crafty art and
Titus 3:3 - "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient,
deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, and hating one another."
1 Peter 2:7 - "...but unto them which be disobedient..."
Nehemiah 9:26 - "Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against
These are those who are unpersuadable, rebellious, and not compliant to
any law, whether it be that of parents or of civil authority. They are
heady and obstinate. They are unbelieving, incredulous, and impenitent.
They take offense and stumble at the Word.
4. Wasting and Destruction Are In Their Paths
Isaiah 59:7 - "Their feet run to evil...wasting and destruction are in
In the course of life, these workers of iniquity perpetrate violence,
oppression, destruction, devastation, robbery, spoil, and ruin. Their path
is covered with such activity whereby they break down and trample on the
rights of others. They are set on ruining, hurting,and fracturing the
good-will of others.
Proverbs 28:1 - "...wicked flee when no man pursueth..."
Revelation 21:8 - "But the fearful...shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire..."
These ungodly and impious folk are full of apprehensions. The guilt in
their consciences makes them a terror unto themselves. Their secret fears
haunt them wherever they go. The sin in their hearts makes them cowardly.
They vanish away, escape, depart, and hide when no one is actually hunting
These are those who also are afraid to take a stand for the Lord. They
will not dare to take up their cross and discharge their duty to the Lord.
They will not boldly and clearly define themselves as the followers and
friends of God in this wicked and adulterous generation.
Proverbs 16:29 - "A violent man enticeth his neighbor..."
These are the ones who deal wrongfully, unjustly, and cruelly with others.
All day long they devise mischief and seek to oppress their fellow man.
2 Timothy 3:3 - "...fierce..."
This person is the opposite of one who is gentle, mild, and pliable. He is
rough, harsh, cruel, wild, impetuous, and savage.
Revelation 21:8 - "...abominable..."
This person is polluted with unnatural lusts. His conduct is highly
offensive. He lives in open sin and practices detestable vices. His
behavior incites the disgust of both God and his fellow man.
9. Alienated From God
Ephesians 4:18 - "...being alienated from the life of God..."
Ephesians 2:12 - "...aliens from the commonwealth of Israel..."
Colossians 1:21 - "...alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked
Through willful ignorance, these people are alienated or estranged from
God. They resist the Light of the Gospel. Therefore their hearts are
hardened in Sin. They have an aversion and hatred for the way of holiness,
purity, righteousness, truth, and goodness. They have given themselves
over to another. They are said to be the property of another - Satan
himself. Their understanding is perverse and through their wicked works,
they show that they are total strangers to true religion.
2 Corinthians 4:4 - "...god of this world hath blinded the minds of them
which believe not..."
The "god of this world" is Satan. He has the affections of these people's
hearts. They obey his will, carry out his plans, and further his cause.
Through Sin, their minds are blinded and their hearts are hardened. Their
minds or understanding is darkened, obscure, and all mental discernment is
blunt or dull. They see no beauty in the plan of redemption - truth,
chastity, honesty, and the fear and love of God. Because of the hardness
of their hearts, they cannot feel the force of its message and are
insensible to its appeals. Their conscience is seared through repeated
acts of iniquity.
Psalm 10:3 - "...wicked boasteth of his heart's desire..."
Psalm 49:6 - "...boast themselves in the multitude of their riches."
This is a very common characteristic of the wicked. He loves to boast. He
boasts of his power and success. He boasts in the fact that he could do
whatever he pleases. He boasts in the things that he should rightfully be
ashamed of doing and saying. He boasts in the fact that he is superior to
others. He looks with disdain and contempt on others. He glories in his
wealth, strength, beauty, talent, etc. He takes pride in his passions,
lusts, and desires. He is always looking out to excite the admiration of
others. He actually feels that his great wealth is a sure token of God's
favor on his life and an indication to all of his superior industry and
Acts 2:40 - "...Save yourselves from this untoward generation."
Those who are "untoward" are wedded to sin and marked for ruin. They are
winding, perverse, crooked, obstinate, not easily guided or taught,
corrupt in principle, and wicked in conduct. They walk contrary to God and
are to be avoided like the plague.
Luke 6:35 - "...unthankful..."
2 Timothy 3:2 - "...unthankful..."
Ingratitude is considered to be one of the worst crimes. Whenever people
are unthankful is a sure indication that there is a decline in religion.
These people are without grace or gracefulness. They are thankless and
Proverbs 13:5 - "...wicked man is loathsome..."
These are morally offensive. They act disgustingly.
Titus 1:10 - "...unruly..."
These people are unsubdued, unsubjected, untractable, refractory,
headstrong, and ambitious of power. They cannot and will not submit to
authority. They refuse all discipline and order in the church and abroad.
16. Glory In Sin
Philippians 3:19 - "...whose glory is in their shame..."
These people not only sin but then glory in their sinful deeds. Instead of
their indulgences bringing them shame, they are cause for them to glory
before all in what they had said and done. They love to brag to all of
their evil deeds.
2 Timothy 3:2 - "...unholy..."
1 Timothy 1:9 - "...the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the
These people are impious, wicked, irreligious, totally polluted, and
unclean within and without. They have no heart for God and no reverence
for the things of God.
18. Hate The Light
Job 24:13 - "...that rebel against the light..."
John 3:20 - "..doeth evil hateth the light..."
These people sin deliberately and willfully. They go against the
convictions of their own consciences. They hate the Light of God's Word.
It is unpleasant to them. They will not be guided, governed, commanded, or
controlled by God's Light or Law. They practice their deeds in darkness or
Proverbs 16:27 - "An ungodly man diggeth up evil..."
These people are evil, naughty, and wicked. They are spiteful and
mischievous. They delight in doing mischief unto others. They sow strife,
tell lies, and carry ill-natured stories unto others in order to wreak
havoc and sow discord among the best of friends.
Ezekiel 2:4 - "...impudent children..."
These people are neither afraid nor ashamed to sin. They are hardhearted,
obstinate, and stiff-necked. They are self-willed, severe, cruel,
grievous, and difficult to work with. They cannot and will not bend or
stoop to any or anything.
Romans 1:31 - "...unmerciful..."
These people are merciless and destitute of any compassion. They are
incapable of showing mercy to any one, including their enemies.
2 Timothy 3:3 - "...incontinent..."
These people are without any self-control. They are intemperate. They have
no strength to resist any solicitations to their passions. They lack any
strength to govern their appetites, desires, and self in general.
Resultantly, they are oftentimes slaves to uncleanness.
23. Uncircumcised In Heart
Jeremiah 9:26 - "...all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the
Acts 7:51 - "...stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears..."
Circumcision represented the covenant that the Jews had with God. When the
Prophet Jeremiah called the people of Israel "uncircumcised," he was
actually saying that because of their sin and idolatry, they lost their
crown of peculiarity as God's separated, covenant people and became common
among the nations. They became strangers to God and heathen in their
hearts. Whenever a people's hearts are not circumcised, they are not
devoted and given up to God. They are not willing to acknowledge the Law
of God and submit to its dictates. Since circumcision is an emblem of
purity and submission to the Law of God, to be "uncircumcised" is to have
a heart that is filled with unsubdued and unmortified lusts, passions, and
24. Sold Out To Sin
1 Kings 21:20 - "...sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD..."
2 Kings 17:17 - "...sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the
There is a metaphor used here in this terminology. It is taken from the
practice of selling oneself as a slave to another and becoming wholly the
property of that Master. To sell oneself to sin is to totally abandon
oneself to the service and slavery of sin. It is to come under the
dominion of sin. Consequently, it is abandoning oneself to the will of the
25. Mind Earthly Things
Philippians 3:19 - "..mind earthly things..."
These people set their affections and hearts on "earthly things." They
love them and are obsessed with securing them. Their entire attention is
directed to gain, honor, and pleasure. They want to acquire wealth, gain
honor, and enjoy pleasure. All of their attention is taken up with earthly
matters. They are given over to the flesh and the fulfillments of its
lusts. Since they relish wholeheartedly "earthly things," they have no
desire for the things which are spiritual and heavenly. They totally
reject any mention or concept of the Cross in their lives.
2 Corinthians 13:5 - "...reprobates?"
2 Timothy 3:8 - "...reprobate concerning the faith"
Titus 1:16 - "...unto every good work reprobate..."
These people have resisted the Truth. Their religion is base, false, and
adulterated. It cannot and does not stand the test. It is unapproved. It
cannot be proven by the Scriptures. Therefore, they are rejected,
worthless, undiscerning, and untried. They are not the real thing. They
are phonies, hypocrites, and pretenders. They are very far from being true
Christians. They are castaways.
Jude 19 - "...sensual..."
These people are under the influence of their own passions, lusts, and
appetites. They have separated themselves from all that pertains to God
and His church and have separated themselves unto the world, the flesh,
and the devil.
28. Lovers Of Their Own Selves
2 Timothy 3:2 - "...lovers of their own selves..."
These people are self-centered and selfish. Self is the leading object in
all of their pursuits and ambitions. They trample upon any and all who
stand in the way of their selfish pursuits. They are only concerned about
their own interests and totally oblivious to the welfare of others. Their
sole ambition is to gratify their own lusts and make provision for them
rather than to please God and help their fellow man.
Here are 28 characteristics of the wicked.
What were your thoughts while reading through this descriptive list of the
Oh, how horrible is the description of the wicked man!
Psalm 139:23 - How we, as Christians, need to fervently pray, like David,
that God would search us and know our hearts and see if there is any
"wicked way" in us.
May we readily repent of any wickedness that may be found in our lives.
May we also fervently pray for all those who are yet unsaved that God
would totally deliver them from their sin and evil ways and save them.
May God Convict and Strive With Us Through His Word
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