because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, 1 but there are many opponents.
sexually immoral people, practicing homosexuals, 1 kidnappers, liars, perjurers – in fact, for any who live contrary to sound teaching.
So I want younger women to marry, raise children, and manage a household, in order to give the adversary no opportunity to vilify us. 1
For I will give you the words 1 along with the wisdom 2 that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is 1 a sign of their 2 destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which 3 is from God.
When 1 he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 2 but 3 the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 4 he was doing. 5
For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires 1 that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to 2 each other, so that you cannot do what you want.
He 1 opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat 2 in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. 3