Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore prudent as serpents and innocent as doves.
Now the serpent was more astute than all the animals of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Has God indeed said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
For I know this, that after my departing, grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
But I fear that as the serpent deceived Eve through his craftiness, so your senses should be corrupted in some way, and ye should fall from the simplicity that is in the Christ.
that ye may be blameless and innocent, children of God without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world,
Brothers, be not children in understanding, howbeit in malice be ye children; but in understanding be perfect.
Then the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
For they that are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly and by smooth words and blessings deceive the hearts of the simple.
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with carnal wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world and more abundantly towards you.
avoiding that anyone should blame us regarding this abundance which is ministered by us,
And it is no marvel, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, asking that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
Ye are witnesses, and God also, of how holy and just and irreprehensible our behaviour was among you that believe,