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Flee from youthful passions. Instead, pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace together with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.
For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work, and I noticed among the naive that is, I discerned among the youths a senseless young man. Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her houseread more.
at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night. Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him. She is brazen and defiant her feet don't remain at home. Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner. So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him, "I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows. Therefore, I've come out to meet you, I've looked just for you, and I found you! I've decorated my bed with new coverings embroidered linen from Egypt. I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let's make love until dawn; let's comfort ourselves with love, because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip. He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month." She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him. All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say. Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain. Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.
So put to death your worldly impulses: sexual sin, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).
When that desire becomes pregnant, it gives birth to sin; and when that sin grows up, it gives birth to death.
though he savors it and delays swallowing it so he can taste it again and again in his mouth,
"Therefore, look out! I've reached out to oppose you. I withdrew your rations and delivered you to those Philistine women who hate you. Even they were embarrassed at your wicked ways!
Don't let my heart turn toward evil or involve itself in wicked activities with men who practice iniquity. Let me not feast on their delicacies.
but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word so that it can't produce a crop.
You belong to your father the Devil, and you want to carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and has never stood for truth, since there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will never fulfill the desires of the flesh.
For what the flesh wants is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, and so you do not do what you want to do.
Regarding your former way of life, you were taught to strip off your old nature, which is being ruined by its deceptive desires,
But people who want to get rich keep toppling into temptation and are trapped by many stupid and harmful desires that plunge them into destruction and ruin.
It trains us to renounce ungodly living and worldly passions so that we might live sensible, honest, and godly lives in the present age
Don't let them say in their hearts, "Yes! We got what we wanted." Don't let them say, "We have swallowed him up."
You want something but do not get it, so you commit murder. You covet something but cannot obtain it, so you quarrel and fight. You do not get things because you do not ask for them!
For while we were living according to our human nature, sinful passions were at work in our bodies by means of the Law, to bear fruit resulting in death.
By talking high-sounding nonsense and using sinful cravings of the flesh, they entice people who have just escaped from those who live in error.
But I tell you that Elijah has already come, yet people did not recognize him and treated him just as they pleased. In the same way, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands."
If you do what is appropriate, you'll be accepted, won't you? But if you don't do what is appropriate, sin is crouching near your doorway, turning toward you. Now as for you, will you take dominion over it?"