WICKED, WICKEDNESS (Heb. ra, rasha, Gr. ponēros, ponēria). The KJV often uses these words, but later translations prefer “evil,” especially in the NT. The idea is that of a person or thing that is bad, worthless, depraved, and corrupt, and especially of a person or thing that opposes God, his will, his Messiah, and his gospel. It can describe a whole people or an individual or the state in which they are (as seen by God).
The certainty of punishment for the wicked is often declared (e.g.,