the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
So they got rid of the foreign gods among them and worshiped the LORD, but He became weary of Israel's misery.
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert.
But they rebelled, and grieved His Holy Spirit. So He became their enemy [and] fought against them.
After looking around at them with anger and sorrow at the hardness of their hearts, He told the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.
Watch out, brothers, so that there won't be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from the living God.
Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
These also stagger because of wine and stumble under the influence of beer: priest and prophet stagger because of beer, they are confused by wine. They stumble because of beer, they are muddled in [their] visions, they stumble in [their] judgments.
My people consult their wooden [idols], and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; they act promiscuously in disobedience to their God.
"This, then, is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.
For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed.
Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
And because they did not think it worthwhile to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.
and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. [They perish] because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.
For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,
so that all will be condemned-- those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.
so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
For 40 years I was disgusted with that generation; I said, 'They are a people whose hearts go astray; they do not know My ways.'
He has not done this for any nation; they do not know [His] judgments. Hallelujah!
For My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good.
But if by my lie God's truth is amplified to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?