Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
O Lord our God, You answered them;
You were a forgiving God to them,
And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.
Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,
And the plague broke out among them.
“Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord.
“For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know.”
“Behold, the rulers of Israel, each according to his power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood.
Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us; for this Moses who led us out of the land of Egypt—we do not know what happened to him.’
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.