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.
And to you did he give life, when you were dead through your wrongdoing and sins,
How long, you simple ones, will foolish things be dear to you? and pride a delight to the haters of authority? how long will the foolish go on hating knowledge?
What then? are we worse off than they? In no way: because we have before made it clear that Jews as well as Greeks are all under the power of sin;
Become expert in reason, O you simple ones; you foolish ones, take training to heart.
Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge.
As for him whose food is the dust of a dead fire, he has been turned from the way by a twisted mind, so that he is unable to keep himself safe by saying, What I have here in my hand is false.
You have been tricked by the pride of your heart, O you whose living-place is in the cracks of the rock, whose house is high up; who has said in his heart, Who will make me come down to earth?
And he said in answer, I will not: but later, changing his decision, he went.
And he said, Take care that you are not tricked: for a number of people will come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is near: do not go after them.
And this was the answer Jesus gave them: Truly I say to you, Everyone who does evil is the servant of sin.
But Saul, still burning with desire to put to death the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
So, then, King Agrippa, I did not go against the vision from heaven;
Being full of all wrongdoing, evil, desire for the goods of others, hate, envy, putting to death, fighting, deceit, cruel ways, evil talk, and false statements about others;
But praise be to God that though you were the servants of sin, you have now given yourselves freely to that form of teaching under which you were placed;
But now, being free from sin, and having been made servants to God, you have your fruit in that which is holy, and the end is eternal life.
Have you not knowledge that evil-doers will have no part in the kingdom of God? Have no false ideas about this: no one who goes after the desires of the flesh, or gives worship to images, or is untrue when married, or is less than a man, or makes a wrong use of men,
For I have a fear that, when I come, you may not be answering to my desire, and that I may not be answering to yours; that there may be fighting, hate, angry feeling, divisions, evil talk about others, secrets, thoughts of pride, outbursts against authority;
For if a man has an idea that he is something when he is nothing, he is tricked by himself.
And you, who in the past were cut off and at war with God in your minds through evil works, he has now made one
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, uplifted in pride, given to bitter words, going against the authority of their fathers, never giving praise, having no religion,
If a man seems to have religion and has no control over his tongue but lets himself be tricked by what is false, this man's religion is of no value.
Like children ruled by God, do not go back to the old desires of the time when you were without knowledge:
So that as Jesus was put to death in the flesh, do you yourselves be of the same mind; for the death of the flesh puts an end to sin;
And the great dragon was forced down, the old snake, who is named the Evil One and Satan, by whom all the earth is turned from the right way; he was forced down to the earth, and his angels were forced down with him.
And those who are on the earth are turned from the true way by him through the signs which he was given power to do before the beast; giving orders to those who are on the earth to make an image to the beast, who was wounded by the sword, and came to life.
And he gave a loud cry, saying, Babylon the great has come down from her high place, she has come to destruction and has become a place of evil spirits, and of every unclean spirit, and a hole for every unclean and hated bird.