Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
“Beware of laziness and sloth, and rely on no one but yourself. For you have control of the good and the bad: you have the power to be active or passive. Exert yourself with all your strength, and labor with all your energy, and you will attain all you desire of worldly pleasures. Do all that you can to avoid the causes of misfortune, and you will escape them, as the Wise One said: ‘Thorne and snare are in the twisted path; he who guards himself will keep far from them’ (Mishlei 22:5); ‘A man folly wraps his way, yet his heart rages against HaShem’ (Mishlei 19:3); ‘This is your own doing’ (Malachi 1:9).”
And so [the evil inclination] changes its argument, at times [basing it] on compulsion and predetermination, at other times on justice and free will, as the occasion suites it to mislead and weaken you.
For the Elevation of the Soul: Tamara Berry