Dictionary of Bible Themes
Individuals who are guilty of crimes such as murder, adultery, theft, perjury or treason. Scripture refers to and gives examples of young law-breakers (delinquents).
Criminals guilty of murder
See also Judges 9:5
Doeg the Edomite
Herod the Great
Criminals guilty of adultery
Gomer (Hosea's wife)
See also Hosea 3:1
Criminals guilty of theft
Criminals guilty of perjury
Joel and Abijah (sons of Samuel)
Two who gave false evidence against Naboth
Examples of criminals guilty of treason
Examples of delinquents
Those who break the fifth commandment as minors may have been treated as criminals
Manasseh, king of Judah
Youths who jeered Elisha
Those who ignore the wise counsel of Solomon
Proverbs 1:1-4 It seems that sections of Proverbs were written with young people in mind. Those who choose to act upon its wisdom will please God and keep themselves out of the troubles common to youth.
Those who succumb to the evil desires of youth
See also 2 Timothy 2:22 Young people are warned that the strength of their desires can easily get them into trouble. Young Christians are, with God's help, able to control such desires.
The punishment of criminals
By confiscation of property