"No rest for the wicked" (or "No peace for the wicked") is a phrase originating from the Book of Isaiah verses 48:22 and 57:20-21.
- Book of Isaiah 48:22 " 'There is no peace,' says the Lord, 'for the wicked.' "
- Book of Isaiah 57:20 "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt."
- Book of Isaiah 57:21 "There is no peace," says my God, "to the wicked."
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom and means "peace; completeness; welfare or health." The word for wicked is rasha and means "wicked, ungodly; guilty." Rasha occurs only in Hebrew and late Aramaic. The narrow meaning of rasha lies in the concept of "wrongdoing" or "being in the wrong." It is a legal term. Rasha also denotes the category of people who have done wrong, are still living in sin, and are intent on continuing with wrongdoing. This is the more general meaning of the word. The Septuagint has three translations of rasha: asebes ("godless; impious"); hamartolos ("sinner; sinful"), and anomos ("lawless").
The phrase may also refer to:
- No Rest for the Wicked (Ozzy Osbourne album), an album by Ozzy Osbourne
- No Rest for the Wicked (New Model Army album), an album by New Model Army
- No Rest for the Wicked (Helix album), an album by the band Helix
- "No Rest for the Wicked", an album by Mentallo and the Fixer
- "No Rest for the Wicked" (Godsmack song), a song by Godsmack on their album IV
- "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked", a 2008 song by Cage the Elephant
- "No Peace for the Wicked", a song by Rory Gallagher
- "No Rest for the Wicked", a song by Cypress Hill on their album III: Temples of Boom
- "No Rest for the Wicked", a song by NoMeansNo on their album Mama
- "No Rest for the Wicked", a song by Project: Deadman on their album Project: Deadman Self Inflicted
- "No Peace for the Wicked", a song by Thompson Twins on their album Into the Gap
- "No Rest 4 Da Wicked", a song by (hed) p.e.
- "No Rest for the Wicked", a song by Saxon on their album Call to Arms.
- "No rest for the wicked", a phrase in a song "Nothing Recedes Like Progress" by Anti-Flag.
- "No Rest for the Wicked", a song by Leæther Strip
- ^ Vine, W.E. (1996). Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary. Nashville, TN, USA: Thomas Nelson, Inc.. pp. 173–174, 287–288. ISBN 0-7852-1160-8.
- ^ No Rest for the Wicked http://www.norestforthewicked.org.uk/