517These people are as useless as dried-up springs of water or as clouds blown away by the wind--promising much and delivering nothing. They are doomed to blackest darkness. 18They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With lustful desire as their bait, they lure back into sin those who have just escaped from such wicked living. 19They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
17 这些人是无水的井，是狂风催逼的雾气，有墨黑的幽暗为他们存留。 18 他们说虚妄矜夸的大话，用肉身的情欲和邪淫的事引诱那些刚才脱离妄行的人。 19 他们应许人得以自由，自己却做败坏的奴仆。因为人被谁制伏，就是谁的奴仆。
They make these proverbs come true: "A dog returns to its vomit,"g and "A washed pig returns to the mud."