46 “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin(A)—and you become angry with them and give them over to their enemies, who take them captive(B) to their own lands, far away or near;

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12 But the witless can no more become wise
    than a wild donkey’s colt(A) can be born human.[a](B)

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  1. Job 11:12 Or wild donkey can be born tame
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14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure,
    or those born of woman,(A) that they could be righteous?(B)

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Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous(A) before you.

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20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,(A)
    no one who does what is right and never sins.(B)

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Friend deceives friend,(A)
    and no one speaks the truth.(B)
They have taught their tongues to lie;(C)
    they weary themselves with sinning.

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23 Can an Ethiopian[a] change his skin
    or a leopard its spots?
Neither can you do good
    who are accustomed to doing evil.(A)

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  1. Jeremiah 13:23 Hebrew Cushite (probably a person from the upper Nile region)
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The heart(A) is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?

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No One Is Righteous

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage?(A) Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.(B)

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All of us also lived among them at one time,(A) gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a](B) 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.
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