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2.3 | Lament your Disposition to Evil and Confess your Blind Understanding and Stubborn Will

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SECTION 2 | Confession | 2.3 | Lament your Disposition to Evil and Confess your Blind Understanding and Stubborn Will

I must lament my present corrupt disposition to that which is evil, and my aversion to and impotency in that which is good.

I must look into my own heart and confess with holy blushing the blindness of my understanding and its unaptness to admit the rays of the divine light.

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By nature our understandings are darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in us, due to the hardness of our hearts. Ephesians 4:18(ESV)

The things of the Spirit of God are folly to the natural person; neither can we understand them, in and of ourselves, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(ESV)

We are ‘wise’ – in doing evil! But how to do good we know not. Jeremiah 4:22(ESV) We have neither knowledge nor understanding, we walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(ESV)

God speaks in one way, and in two, though we do not perceive it; Job 33:14(ESV) we indeed hear but never understand; Matthew 13:14(ESV) and we see men, but they look like trees, walking. Mark 8:24(ESV)

By nature my understanding is darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in me, due to the hardness of my heart. Ephesians 4:18(ESV)

The things of the Spirit of God are folly to the natural person; neither can I understand them, in and of myself, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(ESV)

I am ‘wise’ – in doing evil! But how to do good I know not. Jeremiah 4:22(ESV) I have neither knowledge nor understanding, I walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(ESV)

God speaks in one way, and in two, though I do not perceive it; Job 33:14(ESV) I indeed hear but never understand; Matthew 13:14(ESV) and I see men, but they look like trees, walking. Mark 8:24(ESV)

By nature our understandings are darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in us, because of the blindness of our hearts. Ephesians 4:18(KJV)

The things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man, neither can we know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(KJV)

We are wise to do evil, but to do good we have no knowledge. Jeremiah 4:22(KJV) We know not, neither do we understand; we walk on in darkness. Psalm 82:5(KJV)

God speaketh once, yea, twice, but we perceive it not; Job 33:14(KJV) but hearing, we hear and do not understand; Matthew 13:14(KJV) and we see men as trees walking. Mark 8:24(KJV)

By nature my understanding is darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in me, because of the blindness of my heart. Ephesians 4:18(KJV)

The things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man, neither can I know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(KJV)

I am wise to do evil, but to do good I have no knowledge. Jeremiah 4:22(KJV) I know not, neither do I understand; I walk on in darkness. Psalm 82:5(KJV)

God speaketh once, yea, twice, but I perceive it not; Job 33:14(KJV) but hearing, I hear and do not understand; Matthew 13:14(KJV) and I see men as trees walking. Mark 8:24(KJV)

By nature we are darkened in our understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in us, because of the hardness of our hearts. Ephesians 4:18(NASB)

The things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man; neither can we understand them, in and of ourselves, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14(NASB)

We are shrewd to do evil, but to do good we do not know. Jeremiah 4:22(NASB) We do not know nor do we understand; we walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(NASB)

Indeed, God speaks once, or twice, yet we do not notice it; Job 33:14(NASB) we keep on hearing, but we do not understand; Matthew 13:14(NASB) and we see men as trees, walking around. Mark 8:24(NASB)

The blindness of my understanding and its unaptness to admit the rays of the divine light.

By nature I am darkened in my understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in me, because of the hardness of my heart. Ephesians 4:18(NASB)

The things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man; neither can I understand them, in and of myself, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14(NASB)

I am shrewd to do evil, but to do good I do not know. Jeremiah 4:22(NASB) I do not know nor do I understand; I walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(NASB)

Indeed, God speaks once, or twice, yet I do not notice it; Job 33:14(NASB) I keep on hearing, but I do not understand; Matthew 13:14(NASB) and I see men as trees, walking around. Mark 8:24(NASB)

By nature we are darkened in our understandings and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in us due to the hardening of our hearts. Ephesians 4:18(NIV)

The things that come from the Spirit of God are foolishness to the man without the Spirit, and, if left to ourselves, we cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(NIV)

We are skilled in doing evil; we know not how to do good. Jeremiah 4:22(NIV) We know nothing, we understand nothing; we walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(NIV)

God speaks – now one way, now another – though we do not perceive it. Job 33:14(NIV) We are ever hearing but never understanding; Matthew 13:14(NIV) and we see people, yet they look like trees walking around. Mark 8:24(NIV)

By nature I am darkened in my understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in me due to the hardening of my heart. Ephesians 4:18(NIV)

The things that come from the Spirit of God are foolishness to the man without the Spirit, and, if left to myself, I cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(NIV)

I am skilled in doing evil; I know not how to do good. Jeremiah 4:22(NIV) I know nothing, I understand nothing; I walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(NIV)

God speaks – now one way, now another – though I may not perceive it. Job 33:14(NIV) I am ever hearing but never understanding; Matthew 13:14(NIV) and I see people, yet they look like trees walking around. Mark 8:24(NIV)

The stubbornness of our wills and their unaptness to submit to the rules of the divine law.

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We have within us a mind that is set on the flesh, which is hostile to God and does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:7(ESV)

Were you to write for us your laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded by us as a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(ESV) and our corrupt hearts have been sometimes ready to say, “What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?” Job 21:15(ESV) And, “We will do everything that we have vowed.” Jeremiah 44:17(ESV) For we have walked in the ways of our own heart and in the sight of our eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(ESV) carrying out the desires of the flesh and the mind. Ephesians 2:3(ESV)

Our neck has been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(ESV) and we have made our hearts diamond-hard; we have refused to pay attention, have turned a stubborn shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(ESV) and stopped our ears like the deaf adder that will not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter. Psalm 58:4-5(ESV)

How we have hated discipline, and our hearts despised reproof! We did not listen to the voice of our teachers or incline our ears to our instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(ESV)

I have within me a mind that is set on the flesh, which is hostile to God and does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:7(ESV)

Were you to write for me your laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded by me as a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(ESV) and my corrupt heart has been sometimes ready to say, “What is the Almighty, that I should serve him?” Job 21:15(ESV) And, “I will do everything that I have vowed.” Jeremiah 44:17(ESV) For I have walked in the ways of my own heart and in the sight of my eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(ESV) carrying out the desires of the flesh and the mind. Ephesians 2:3(ESV)

My neck has been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(ESV) and I have made my heart diamond-hard; I have refused to pay attention, have turned a stubborn shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(ESV) and stopped my ears like the deaf adder that will not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter. Psalm 58:4-5(ESV)

How I have hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(ESV)

We have within us a carnal mind, which is enmity against God and is not in subjection to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:7(KJV)

Thou hast written to us the great things of thy law, but they have been accounted by us a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(KJV) and our corrupt hearts have been sometimes ready to say, What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? Job 21:15(KJV) And that we would certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth. Jeremiah 44:17(KJV) For we have walked in the way of our own heart and in the sight of our eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(KJV) fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Ephesians 2:3(KJV)

Our neck hath been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(KJV) and we have made our hearts as an adamant stone; we have refused to hearken, have pulled away the shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(KJV) and stopped our ears like the deaf adder that will not hearken to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. Psalm 58:4-5(KJV)

How have we hated instruction, and our heart despised reproof, and have not obeyed the voice of our teachers, nor inclined our ear to them that instructed us. Proverbs 5:12-13(KJV)

I have within me a carnal mind, which is enmity against God and is not in subjection to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:7(KJV)

Thou hast written to me the great things of thy law, but they have been accounted by me a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(KJV) and my corrupt heart has been sometimes ready to say, What is the Almighty, that I should serve him? Job 21:15(KJV) And that I would certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of my own mouth. Jeremiah 44:17(KJV) For I have walked in the way of my own heart and in the sight of my eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(KJV) fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Ephesians 2:3(KJV)

My neck hath been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(KJV) and I have made my heart as an adamant stone; I have refused to hearken, have pulled away the shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(KJV) and stopped my ears like the deaf adder that will not hearken to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. Psalm 58:4-5(KJV)

How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof, and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me. Proverbs 5:12-13(KJV)

We have within us a mind set on the flesh, which is hostile toward God and does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so. Romans 8:7(NASB)

You have written for us ten thousand precepts of Your law, yet they have been regarded by us as a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(NASB) and our corrupt hearts have been sometimes ready to say, “Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?” Job 21:15(NASB) And that we would certainly carry out every word that has proceeded from our mouths. Jeremiah 44:17(NASB) For we have followed the impulses of our hearts and the desires of our eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(NASB) indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Ephesians 2:3(NASB)

Our neck has been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(NASB) and we have made our hearts like flint; we have refused to pay attention, turned a stubborn shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(NASB) and stopped our ears like a deaf cobra that does not hear the voice of charmers, or a skillful caster of spells. Psalm 58:4-5(NASB)

How we have hated instruction! And our hearts have spurned reproof! We have not listened to the voice of our teachers, nor inclined our ear to our instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(NASB)


I have within me a mind set on the flesh, which is hostile toward God and does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so. Romans 8:7(NASB)

You have written for me ten thousand precepts of Your law, yet they have been regarded by me as a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(NASB) and my corrupt heart has been sometimes ready to say, “Who is the Almighty, that I should serve Him?” Job 21:15(NASB) And that I would certainly carry out every word that has proceeded from my mouth. Jeremiah 44:17(NASB) For I have followed the impulses of my heart and the desires of my eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(NASB) indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Ephesians 2:3(NASB)

My neck has been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(NASB) and I have made my heart like flint; I have refused to pay attention, turned a stubborn shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(NASB) and stopped my ears like a deaf cobra that does not hear the voice of charmers, or a skillful caster of spells. Psalm 58:4-5(NASB)

How I have hated instruction! And my heart has spurned reproof! I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to my instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(NASB)

We have within us a sinful mind, which is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Romans 8:7(NIV)

You have written for us the many things of your law, but we have regarded them as something alien; Hosea 8:12(NIV) and our corrupt hearts have been sometimes ready to say, “Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?” Job 21:15(NIV) And that we would certainly do everything we said we would. Jeremiah 44:17(NIV) For we have followed the ways of our own heart and whatever our eyes have seen. Ecclesiastes 11:9(NIV) We have followed our sinful nature’s desires and thoughts. Ephesians 2:3(NIV)

The sinews of our neck have been iron, Isaiah 48:4(NIV) and we have made our hearts as hard as flint. We have refused to pay attention; stubbornly we have turned our back, Zechariah 7:11-12(NIV) and stopped up our ears like a cobra that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be. Psalm 58:4-5(NIV)

How we have hated discipline! How our heart has spurned correction! We have not obeyed our teachers or listened to our instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(NIV)

I have within me a sinful mind, which is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Romans 8:7(NIV)

You have written for me the many things of your law, but I have regarded them as something alien; Hosea 8:12(NIV) and my corrupt heart has been sometimes ready to say, “Who is the Almighty, that I should serve him?” Job 21:15(NIV) And that I would certainly do everything I said I would. Jeremiah 44:17(NIV) For I have followed the ways of my own heart and whatever my eyes have seen. Ecclesiastes 11:9(NIV) I have followed my sinful nature’s desires and thoughts. Ephesians 2:3(NIV)

The sinews of my neck have been iron, Isaiah 48:4(NIV) and I have made my heart as hard as flint. I have refused to pay attention; stubbornly I have turned my back, Zechariah 7:11-12(NIV) and stopped up my ears like a cobra that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be. Psalm 58:4-5(NIV)

How I have hated discipline! How my heart has spurned correction! I have not obeyed my teachers or listened to my instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(NIV)

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