What is the cause of wars and fighting among you? is it not in your desires which are at war in your bodies?
But I see another law in my body, working against the law of my mind, and making me the servant of the law of sin which is in my flesh.
Because from inside, from the heart of men, come evil thoughts and unclean pleasures,
My loved ones, I make this request with all my heart, that, as those for whom this world is a strange country, you will keep yourselves from the desires of the flesh which make war against the soul;
But in Cain and his offering he had no pleasure. And Cain was angry and his face became sad.
The heart is a twisted thing, not to be searched out by man: who is able to have knowledge of it?
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, the taking of life, broken faith between the married, unclean desires of the flesh, taking of property, false witness, bitter words:
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.
For when we were in the flesh, the evil passions which came into being through the law were working in our bodies to give the fruit of death.
Because the mind of the flesh is opposite to God; it is not under the law of God, and is not able to be:
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; because these are opposite the one to the other; so that you may not do the things which you have a mind to do.
Then put to death your bodies which are of the earth; wrong use of the flesh, unclean things, passion, evil desires and envy, which is the worship of strange gods;
He has an over-high opinion of himself; being without knowledge, having only an unhealthy love of questionings and wars of words, from which come envy, fighting, cruel words, evil thoughts,
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.
But have nothing to do with foolish questionings, and lists of generations, and fights and arguments about the law; for they are of no profit and foolish.
But every man is tested when he is turned out of the right way by the attraction of his desire.
But if you have bitter envy in your heart and the desire to get the better of others, have no pride in this, talking falsely against what is true.
You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.
Like children ruled by God, do not go back to the old desires of the time when you were without knowledge:
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.
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;
Having first of all the knowledge that in the last days there will be men who, ruled by their evil desires, will make sport of holy things,
Have no love for the world or for the things which are in the world. If any man has love for the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
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.