I am convinced that the words ‘witch and ‘wicked’ both originate from the old English word of ‘wicca’ during the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
That does not mean I am right.
I wish to believe (rather than actually believe) that the idiom ‘no peace for the wicked’ has something to do with the burning of witches during witch-hunts of the medieval era when witches were supposedly publicly burnt at the stake.
This is based on the notion that there can be no peace for the wicked who are deemed to persons of cruelty of unkindess, destined to suffer eternal torment in hell as should be the destiny of all sinners.
Somehow it has a parallel in origin with the book of Isaiah in the King James version of the Christian bible Verses 48.22 57.20 and 57.21.
The King James bible was prompted by King James I of England during the period 1604 -1611 and is an English translation of the Christian bible from centuries before.
There is nothing to suggest that the words ‘witch’ or ‘wicked’ had evolved at a time when the bible was first being constituted during roman times or indeed that the Romans themselves had any hand in the definition of ‘wicked’ or ‘witch’ which would in time also refer to a ‘witch’ or a ‘hag’.
It can therefore be supposed that the meaning of ‘wicked’ has been somewhat lost in the translation of the bible over the centuries and that ‘wicked is not the definitive word which would accurately define or describe the meaning of the phrases in the Isaiah verses referred to.
Let us keep in mind that the King James Bible was written in the same era as the prevalence of witchcraft and it is simply convenient to use the word ‘wicked’ to define the meaning of the Isaiah verses today.
Long before the modern understanding of witches, there have always been people who practised witchcraft or sorcery and long before electricity or gaslighting, people burned wax candles with a ‘wick’ at the centrepoint from which the flame flickered.
It seems inconceivable to my way of thinking that a ‘wick’ ‘witch’ and ‘wicked’ are not directly connected as a result of evolution of old language rather than what may have been speculatively written in a verse of ancient commandment, written, rewritten and rewritten again.