Deceit | Hypocrisy | Pride

When the Pharisees came to encounter Jesus, they came filled with fake charm and smooth talking words (Matthew 22: 16, 17). They remind me of the description of Zoltan Karpathy by Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. “Oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way around the floor . . . With a voice to eager and a smile too broad. FLATTERY AND HYPOCRISY Shylock points out: The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Is like a villian with a smiling cheek;
A goodly apple rotten at the heart
Oh, what a goodly outside falsehood hath. Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice” Act III, Scene 1. In the following scene, Bassanio observes: The world is still deceived with ornament
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt
But, being seasons with a gracious voice,
Obscures the show of evil? In religion
What damned error, but…

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