While claiming to be wise, they became fools and
exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness
of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged
animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them
For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even
in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross
of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their
stomach; their glory is in their "shame." Their minds are
occupied with earthly things.
For they (the Pharisees) preferred human praise to
the glory of God.