“But my people would not listen to me . . . . So I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wished” (Psalm 81:11-12; cf. Romans 1:24-25).
One version of a famous fable is this: A scorpion asked a frog for transportation across a river. The frog, thinking that the scorpion would not sting because that would result in their both dying, finally agreed. About halfway across the river, though, the scorpion did sting the frog. As they both began to sink below the surface, the frog plaintively asked the scorpion, “Why did you do that? Now we’ll both drown.” Replied the scorpion: “Because it is my nature to do so.”