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filled with [pleroo] all [pas] unrighteousness [adikia], fornication [porneia],
wickedness [poneria], covetousness [pleonexia], maliciousness [kakia];
full [mestos] of envy [phthonos], murder [phonos], debate [eris], deceit [dolos], malignity [kakoetheia]; whisperers [psithuristes],
were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice.
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
When a person turns away from God, either by outright rejection or simply through pretense, then the door to a wide array of sins is thrown open. And the vacuum of the empty life draws them right in, to that empty life.
Paul now lists the many sins, beyond sexual indiscretions, that are prevalent throughout society.
Unrighteousness is the general statement, followed by a list of several of the more common sin categories.
Remember that all sin is against God. God it truth, therefore all sin is against truth, and therefore sin is not truth, or is a misapplication against truth. Likewise, all things that are against truth, are sin. Rejection of truth is in itself a sin. Disobedience to God is a sin. Ignoring Gods mandates is sin.
All of the following categories can be applied to ones dysfunctional relationship with God.
Fornication, refers to the general category of all types of illicit sexual activities, or illicit activity as opposed to legitimate activities. Misguided lust or passion or desire. Whereas, the proper passion and desire should be directed toward truth.
Wickedness, refers to the desire to injure others. Someone has done you a wrong and you want to get even by bringing or causing harm against them.
Covetousness, is the desire of having that which belongs to others. Spiritually mature believers inherit the universe and more. Anyone who desires to have things, is in conflict with the rights of those who should receive things from God. God blesses those who are obedient to Him. The disobedient still want blessings but are not entitled to them. Therefore, they covet that which they are not entitled to.
Maliciousness, or licentiousness, is a reference to the preference to doing that which is wrong, as opposed to desiring to do that which is right.
Envy, is a reference to the uneasiness, pain and discontent over the happiness or prosperity of another. Mature believers are blessed, while others who refuse to pursue the path to spiritual maturity, envy those who do. And this is true of any and all temporal blessings that others have, regardless of their spiritual status. The non-spiritual person lacks the capacity of understanding as well as the will for acquiring it.
Murder, means more than just the taking of a life, it also incorporates the hate against another, for whatever reason, to wish ill will against them for no good reason.
Debate, is the art of discussion in making the lies of the world equal with truth. The attempt to justify false things. Whereas, truth needs no such discussion.
Deceit, involves fraud, misdirection, falsehoods used in order to misguide and mislead others into seeing things your way. The attempt to hold office at the expense of others.
Malignity, is the intentional misinterpretation of the words or actions of others so as to discredit them or to put them in a bad light. Self-promotion at the expense of others.
Whisperers, is the form of malicious gossip done in secret. It is innuendoes that suggest suspicion or wrong doing or something less than acceptable by the gossip or society in general, with no particular or specific example. They plant the seeds of suspicion or wrong doing in order to bring harm.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.