And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
They call them rejected silver, Because the Lord has rejected them.
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
“They say to God, ‘ Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
And you say, “How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
“ For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”
“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.
Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.”
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,