From Job to those who would persecute.
“If you say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’
And ‘What pretext for a case against him can we find?’
Then be afraid of the sword for yourselves,
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
So that you may know there is judgment.” (Job 19:28-29 NASB)
God sees hateful wickedness in the man who plots evil on others. Demonically inspired to justify their hurtful ways and violence. All is done in the name of the Creator. Job warns them. Jesus gave warnings. Lots of them. True, they were directed to Israelites, the remnant of the house of Judah, but they were recorded for all who would believe. Warnings are pointless to the one who refuses to believe. So, do you see who Jesus is warning? We who believe.
“So, watch out that the light in you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:35 NASB)
“Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (Luke 12: 1 NASB)
“But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish; but your inside is full of greed and wickedness.” (Luke 11:39 NASB)
“But He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one is affluent does his life consist of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NASB)
“And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love personal greetings in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive all the more condemnation.” (Luke 20:45-47, Mark 12:38-40)