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Deceitful, and fond of Ensnaring.
word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word: Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Jer. 3: 10 Her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord. 8: 5 They hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 9: 2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of way-faring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. 3 And they bend their tongues, like their bow, for lies; but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. 4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders. 5 And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. 6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD. 8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit one speaketh peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait. - 17: 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ezk. 33: 30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
Dan. 11: 21 In his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Hos. 11: 12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit.
Mic. 3: 10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof
Prone to Ostentation and Boasting.
divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Mat. 26: 48 He that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Master; and kissed him.
Rom. 1: 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, 30 Backbiters. 16: 18 By good words and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple.
2 Th. 2: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish: because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Heb. 3: 13 Exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of şin.
Rev. 18: 23 By thy sorceries were all nations deceived. [See 191, 194, 198, 411, 416, 474, 728.]
703. Sinners inclined to ostentation, boasting, and glorying in their shame. 2 K. 10: 16 Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. Ps. 39: 6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain.
Pr. 3: 35 Shame shall be the promotion of fools. 20: 6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man who can find?
Hab. 2: 16 Thou art filled with shame for glory.
Mat. 6: 5 When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of 16 When ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.-23: 5 All their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Lk. 16: 15 He said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God. 18:9 He spake this parable unto certain,
Inclined to Self-deception - Warnings.
which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
2 Cor. 10: 12 We dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves.
Ph. 3: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. [See 482, 549, 550.]
704. Sinners inclined to self-deception — warnings.
Dt. 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.
Pr. 16: 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Is. 44: 20 He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
Mat. 7: 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.—24: 4 Jesus answered, and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Lk. 21: 8 He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
1 Cor. 3: 18 Let no man deceive himself.
Gal. 6: 3 If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Ep. 5: 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words. 2 Th. 2: 3 Let no man deceive you by any means. 11 For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
[See 25, 397, 476, 510.]
Prone to deny Obligation and palliate Sin - Voluntary Ignorance and Blindness.
705. Sinners inclined to deny or resist obligation to God.
Ps. 2: 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his Anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. -12: 4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
Mat. 25: 24 He which had received the one talent came, and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth; lo, there thou hast that is thine. [See 22, 695.].
706. Sinners prone to deny or palliate their sins.
Gen. 3: 12 The man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me and I did eat.
1 S. 15: 13 Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. 14 And Samuel said, what meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
Pr. 14: 9 Fools make a mock at sin.
Jer. 7: 9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods, whom ye know not; 10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Mat. 25: 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
[See 272, 373.]
707. Voluntary ignorance, blindness, and infatuation of sinners.
Job 5: 14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, and grope in the noon-day as in the night. - 12: 25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
Ps. 50: 17 Thou hatest instruction, and castest my words
Their voluntary ignorance and blindness.
behind thee. - 21: Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself.-58: 4 They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.—82: 5 They know not, neither will they understand: they walk on in darknèss: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
Pr. 1: 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. - 4: 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Jer. 17: 23 They obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction. 32: 33 They have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
Dan. 12: 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Zec. 7:11 They refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his Spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
Jn. 3: 19 This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. - 17: 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee.
Ac. 26: 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in
Rom. 1: 21 When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.
1 Cor. 2: 14 The natural man receiveth not the things of the