Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For from within, out of men's hearts, their evil purposes proceed--fornication, theft, murder, adultery,
Thus it stands written, "There is not one righteous man.
For I know that in me, that is, in my lower self, nothing good has its home; for while the will to do right is present with me, the power to carry it out is not.
Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such a mind does not submit to God's Law, and indeed cannot do so.
Now you know full well the doings of our lower natures. Fornication, impurity, indecency, idol-worship, sorcery;
To you Gentiles also, who were dead through your offences and sins,
not speak evil of any one, nor be contentious, but yield unselfishly to others and constantly manifest a forgiving spirit towards all men.
Knowing their thoughts Jesus said, "Why are you cherishing evil thoughts in your hearts?
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord, in the hope that the purpose which is in your heart may perhaps be forgiven you.
Let no one say when passing through trial, "My temptation is from God;" for God is incapable of being tempted to do evil, and He Himself tempts no one.