and those who are (A)in the flesh cannot please God.

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Those who are in the realm of the flesh(A) cannot please God.

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So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

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17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;

(A)Cursed is the ground because of you;
(B)With [a]hard labor you shall eat from it
All the days of your life.

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  1. Genesis 3:17 Or hardship

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’(A)

“Cursed(B) is the ground(C) because of you;
    through painful toil(D) you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.(E)

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17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

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23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So (A)He drove the man out; and at the (B)east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the (C)cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to (D)the tree of life.

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23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden(A) to work the ground(B) from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden(C) cherubim(D) and a flaming sword(E) flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.(F)

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  1. Genesis 3:24 Or placed in front

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

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in which you (A)previously walked according to the [a]course of (B)this world, according to (C)the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in (D)the [b]sons of disobedience. Among them [c]we too all (E)previously lived in (F)the lusts of our flesh, [d]indulging the desires of the flesh and of the [e]mind, and were (G)by nature (H)children of wrath, (I)just as the rest.

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  1. Ephesians 2:2 Lit age
  2. Ephesians 2:2 I.e., people opposed to God
  3. Ephesians 2:3 I.e., Jewish believers
  4. Ephesians 2:3 Lit doing
  5. Ephesians 2:3 Lit thoughts

in which you used to live(A) when you followed the ways of this world(B) and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,(C) the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.(D) All of us also lived among them at one time,(E) gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a](F) and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

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  1. Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

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The Christian’s Walk

17 (A)So I say this, and affirm in the Lord, (B)that you are to no longer walk just as the [a]Gentiles also walk, in the (C)futility of their minds,

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  1. Ephesians 4:17 I.e., unbelieving Gentiles

Instructions for Christian Living

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer(A) live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.(B)

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17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

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12 You too have done evil, even (A)more than your forefathers; for behold, each one of you is following the (B)stubbornness of his own (C)evil heart, without listening to Me.

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12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors.(A) See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts(B) instead of obeying me.

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12 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:

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For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you (A)abstain from sexual immorality; that (B)each of you know how to [a]possess his own [b](C)vessel in sanctification and (D)honor, not in [c](E)lustful passion, like the Gentiles who (F)do not know God;

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or acquire
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 I.e., body; or wife
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 Lit passion of lust

It is God’s will(A) that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;(B) that each of you should learn to control your own body[a](C) in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust(D) like the pagans,(E) who do not know God;(F)

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or learn to live with your own wife; or learn to acquire a wife

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

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