work evil

See: mistreat
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Valdez think it maybe a charm to work evil, so he burn them up--all up!"
I do not order you to insist upon the young magician finding the means to restore your wife to her human shape, because I know that when once women such as she begin to work evil they never leave off, and I should only bring down on your head a vengeance far worse than the one you have undergone already."
He is only stronger, and being stronger, have yet more power to work evil. This vampire which is amongst us is of himself so strong in person as twenty men, he is of cunning more than mortal, for his cunning be the growth of ages, he have still the aids of necromancy, which is, as his etymology imply, the divination by the dead, and all the dead that he can come nigh to are for him at command, he is brute, and more than brute, he is devil in callous, and the heart of him is not, he can, within his range, direct the elements, the storm, the fog, the thunder, he can command all the meaner things, the rat, and the owl, and the bat, the moth, and the fox, and the wolf, he can grow and become small, and he can at times vanish and come unknown.
However, when Luther speaks of the Deus absconditus, the "terrorizing hiddenness is so oppressive and unavoidable that the question is posed: Does God work not only indirectly, in evil, but does God also work evil?" (11) This is not to propose that the hidden God has a different will from the revealed God, and especially not to claim that the Son has a different will from the Father.
This negative commandment, or inner check, is similar to the Greek poet Hesiod's rule, "For himself doth a man work evil in working evils for another." Bad acts have bad consequences both for us and for others.