The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
~ Genesis 6:11-12
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
~ Proverbs 6:18
But beware of men. That the nature of man is so corrupted that he is become a very evil and a hurtful creature. A sermon, by Jonathan Edwards.
But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
~ Matthew 10:17-28
Man has a sole governing principle: loving himself, and loving himself alone.
This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
~ Ecclesiastes 9:3
Man naturally has no other principle to direct…him in his actions but self love…he no sincere regard at all to the glory of God or the good of others. He will seek his own profit, his own advancement, and the gratifying of his own appetites, no matter how that affects the good of others.
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
~ Psalm 58:2-4
Man devours every neighbour on earth.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
~ Galatians 5:15
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
~ Matthew 15:19
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (Turn away from such defiled people, — James 4:4, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
~ James 3:6
Be on your guard before men–especially when spreading the gospel within this evil world. Man is an absolutely depraved creature.
Man seeks only to kill, rob or take advantage of others.
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
~ Proverbs 1:10-19
Man is a reprobate, and a hell-bound creature.
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Destruction and misery are in their ways:
And the way of peace have they not known:
There is no fear of God before their eyes.
~ Romans 3:11-18
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
~ Job 21:14-15
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
~ Romans 1:21-22
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
~ Proverbs 28:26
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
~ Romans 1:28-32
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
~ Psalm 2:4
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
~ Job 21:30
Within men, there is extreme evil and hurtful natures– more than that of brute beasts.
And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:
~ Jeremiah 16:12
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
~ Jeremiah 17:9
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
~ Genesis 6:5
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
~ Job 15:16
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
~ Psalms 51:5
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
~ Psalms 53:1-3
Men cannot live peacefully near each other within a world of contention. Man is a thoroughly covetous being–which is the cause of wars, quarrels, etc.:
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
~ James 4:1-2
Within his mighty power and abilities, Man makes a substantial mess of this world. Man continually shakes his fist at the Lord of Hosts. Man makes himself something, when he is nothing before an all-Holy Lord God.
The Apostle Paul said of his experience with Man, to the Corinthians,
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; ~ 2 Corinthians 11:24-26
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
~ Philippians 3:2
Man hates all, hates God, but loves only himself and his own twisted enterprises or interests.
If it were possible, Man would pull God out of heaven and kill Him, to promote his own selfish interests or ambitions.
Man is hurtful to himself for by his actions, he will bring himself to Hell. Man is hurtful to others, which will land himself in Hell–to suffer evermore.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
~ Psalm 9:17
Thereby, take heed…
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
~ Ephesians 4:31-32