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The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth,men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air,for I am grieved that I have made them."
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Genesis 6:5-8
 
Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence.
God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
Genesis 6:11-13
 
The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
Genesis 8:21
 
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
Deuteronomy 32:10
 
'Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?
If God places no trust in his servants, if he charges his angels with error,
how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!
Job 4:17-19
 
"Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?
Though one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
Job 9:2-3
 
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
Job 9:20
 
Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda,
you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
Job 9:29-31
 
But a witless man can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born a man.
Job 11:12
 
Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!
Job 14:4
 
"What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?
If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,
how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!
Job 15:14-16
 
How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?
If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes,
how much less man, who is but a maggot, a son of man, who is only a worm!"
Job 25:4-6
 
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.
Psalms 5:9
 
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Psalms 14:1-3
 
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Psalms 51:5
 
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Psalms 53:1-3
 
Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men?
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.
Psalms 58:1-5
 
The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile.
Psalms 94:11
 
If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
Psalms 130:3
 
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
Psalms 143:2
 
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
Proverbs 10:20
 
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
Proverbs 20:6
 
Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
Proverbs 20:9
 
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
Proverbs 21:8
 
There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:20
 
When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
Ecclesiastes 8:11
 
This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.
Ecclesiastes 9:3
 
Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness, only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.
Isaiah 1:5-6
 
"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Isaiah 42:6-7
 
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
Isaiah 43:8
 
You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ear has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth.
Isaiah 48:8
 
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD : Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
Isaiah 51:1
 
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6
 
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Isaiah 64:6
 
Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.
Jeremiah 2:22
 
"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all rebelled against me," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 2:29
 
As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness. Violence and destruction resound in her; her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
Jeremiah 6:7
 
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.
Jeremiah 13:23
 
But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers. See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me.
Jeremiah 16:12
 
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9
 
" 'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!"
Ezekiel 16:6
 
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:25-26
 
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know."
Ezekiel 37:1-3
 
Like Adam, they have broken the covenant, they were unfaithful to me there.
Hosea 6:7
 
Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
Hosea 14:9
 
The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net.
Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire, they all conspire together.
The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion.
Micah 7:2-4
 
Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Matthew 7:17
 
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
Matthew 12:34-35
 
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
Matthew 15:19
 
For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "The Faith of a Syrophoenician Woman
Mark 7:21-23
 
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
Luke 1:79
 
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
John 1:10-11
 
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
John 3:19
 
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 8:23
 
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 14:17
 
For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
Acts 8:23
 
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
Romans 2:1
 
What shall we conclude then? Are we any better ? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
Romans 3:9-19
 
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23
 
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:6
 
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned,
for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.
Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
Romans 5:12-14
 
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin,
Romans 6:6
 
I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
Romans 6:19-20
 
For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.
Romans 7:5
 
For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
Romans 7:11
 
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7:13-15
 
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do,this I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
Romans 7:18-21
 
but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
Romans 7:23
 
Thanks be to God,through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Romans 7:25
 
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
Romans 8:5-8
 
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
Romans 8:13
 
For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.Doxology
Romans 11:32
 
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14
 
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
1 Corinthians 3:3
 
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people,
1 Corinthians 5:9
 
Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
2 Corinthians 3:4
 
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
2 Corinthians 5:14
 
All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."
Galatians 3:10-11
 
But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Galatians 3:22
 
For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
Galatians 5:17
 
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21
 
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
Ephesians 2:1-3
 
remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:12
 
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
Ephesians 4:17-19
 
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
Ephesians 4:22
 
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
Ephesians 5:8
 
for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Ephesians 5:14
 
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Colossians 1:13
 
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Colossians 1:21
 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
Colossians 2:13
 
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:5
 
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
Colossians 3:7
 
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:26
 
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
Titus 3:3
 
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
James 3:2
 
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
James 4:5
 
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
1 Peter 1:18
 
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
 
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
 
For everything in the world,the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does,comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:16
 
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.Love one another
1 John 3:10
 
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
1 John 5:19
 
You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Revelation 3:17
 
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