Among whom we all at one time were living in the pleasures of our flesh, giving way to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and the punishment of God was waiting for us even as for the rest.
We being Jews by birth, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
In which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of God;
Adam had been living for a hundred and thirty years when he had a son like himself, after his image, and gave him the name of Seth:
And the Lord saw that the sin of man was great on the earth, and that all the thoughts of his heart were evil.
And when the sweet smell came up to the Lord, he said in his heart, I will not again put a curse on the earth because of man, for the thoughts of man's heart are evil from his earliest days; never again will I send destruction on all living things as I have done.
What is man, that he may be clean? and how may the son of woman be upright?
How then is it possible for man to be upright before God? or how may he be clean who is a son of woman?
We all went wandering like sheep; going every one of us after his desire; and the Lord put on him the punishment of us all.
For we have all become like an unclean person, and all our good acts are like a dirty robe: and we have all become old like a dead leaf, and our sins, like the wind, take us away.
We are sinners, acting wrongly and doing evil; we have gone against you, turning away from your orders and from your laws:
And the cares of this life, and the deceits of wealth, and the desire for other things coming in, put a stop to the growth of the word, and it gives no fruit.
Because from inside, from the heart of men, come evil thoughts and unclean pleasures,
Whose birth was from God and not from blood, or from an impulse of the flesh and man's desire.
Now there was among the Pharisees a man named Nicodemus, who was one of the rulers of the Jews.
You are the children of your father the Evil One and it is your pleasure to do his desires. From the first he was a taker of life; and he did not go in the true way because there is no true thing in him. When he says what is false, it is natural to him, for he is false and the father of what is false.
Those times when men had no knowledge were overlooked by God; but now he gives orders to all men in every place to undergo a change of heart:
For this reason God gave them up to the evil desires of their hearts, working shame in their bodies with one another:
What then? are we worse off than they? In no way: because we have before made it clear that Jews as well as Greeks are all under the power of sin;
That is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all those who have faith; and one man is not different from another,
For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil:
For this cause do not let sin be ruling in your body which is under the power of death, so that you give way to its desires;
For I am conscious that in me, that is, in my flesh, there is nothing good: I have the mind but not the power to do what is right.
Because the mind of the flesh is opposite to God; it is not under the law of God, and is not able to be:
What if God, desiring to let his wrath and his power be seen, for a long time put up with the vessels of wrath which were ready for destruction:
For as you, in time past, were not under the rule of God, but now have got mercy through their turning away,
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not give thought to the flesh to do its desires.
For who made you better than your brother? or what have you that has not been given to you? but if it has been given to you, what cause have you for pride, as if it had not been given to you?
Have you not knowledge that evil-doers will have no part in the kingdom of God? Have no false ideas about this: no one who goes after the desires of the flesh, or gives worship to images, or is untrue when married, or is less than a man, or makes a wrong use of men,
Because God, then, will give us such rewards, dear brothers, let us make ourselves clean from all evil of flesh and spirit, and become completely holy in the fear of God.
However, the holy Writings have put all things under sin, so that that for which God gave the undertaking, based on faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who have such faith.
But I say, Go on in the Spirit, and you will not come under the rule of the evil desires of the flesh.
This I say, then, and give witness in the Lord, that you are to go no longer in the way of the Gentiles whose minds are turned to that which has no profit,
That you are to put away, in relation to your earlier way of life, the old man, which has become evil by love of deceit;
But those who have a desire for wealth are falling into danger, and are taken as in a net by a number of foolish and damaging desires, through which men are overtaken by death and destruction.
For in the past we were foolish, hard in heart, turned from the true way, servants of evil desires and pleasures, living in bad feeling and envy, hated and hating one another.
What is the cause of wars and fighting among you? is it not in your desires which are at war in your bodies?
Like children ruled by God, do not go back to the old desires of the time when you were without knowledge:
In the past you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; then there was no mercy for you, but now mercy has been given to you.
So that you may give the rest of your lives in the flesh, not to the desires of men, but to the purpose of God.
Having eyes full of evil desire, never having enough of sin; turning feeble souls out of the true way; they are children of cursing, whose hearts are well used to bitter envy;
For with high-sounding false words, making use of the attraction of unclean desires of the flesh, they get into their power those newly made free from those who are living in error;
If we say that we have no sin, we are false to ourselves and there is nothing true in us.
Again, I give you a new law, which is true in him and in you; for the night is near its end and the true light is even now shining out.
Because everything in the world, the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world.
These are the men who make trouble, ever desiring change, going after evil pleasures, using high-sounding words, respecting men's position in the hope of reward.