“ Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “ The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;
abstain from every form of evil.