The abuser – at home and in leadership
The abuser contaminates his moral character. Harsh cruelty is the fabric, the warp and weft, of his thoughts. He scorns his marriage promises. If he has a position of authority, he scorns his responsibility to those he leads. Malevolence permeates his thoughts. He engrosses his moral character with wickedness. And if he refuses to set his victims free, his sinfulness is even greater.
Genesis 6:5 comes to mind:
the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (NKJ)
the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was increased upon the earth, & that all the imagination & thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (MB)
The abuser is filthy, let him be filthy still. He will not reform. Set the oppressed free, so they can grow in holiness.
Is 21:2 (NKJ) The treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the plunderer plunders.
Rev 22:11 (NMB) He who does evil, let him do evil still; and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous, let him be more righteous; and he who is holy, let him be more holy.
Dan 12:10 (CSB) Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
Proverbs 26:24 in different versions:
An enemy dissembleth with his lips, and in the mean season he imagineth mischief. (MB)
He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself. (NKJ)
A hateful person disguises himself with his speech and harbors deceit within. (HCSB)
Proverbs 13:2b in different versions:
the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence (NKJ)
treacherous people have an appetite for violence (HCSB)
he that hath a froward mind shall be spoiled (MB)
[froward means stubbornly contrary and disobedient; obstinate]