Some have an art to flatter and deceive

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Truth in our words, is opposed to all deceit. The heart and tongue should go together, as the dial goes exactly with the sun. To speak fair to one’s face, and not to mean what one speaks, is no better than a lie. His words were smoother than oil —- but war was in his heart. Some have an art to flatter and deceive. Jerome, speaking of the Arians, says, they pretended friendship, they kissed my hands —- but plotted mischief against me. A man who flatters his neighbor, spreads a net for his feet. Deadly poison can be hidden under sweet honey. Falsehood in friendship, is a lie. Counterfeiting friendship, is worse than counterfeiting money.

Excerpt from
Body of Divinity
by Thomas Watson


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