What Hypocrisy Means?
Hypocrisy is defined as the act of pretending to have beliefs, feelings, or standards that one does not actually have. In other words, it’s all about putting on a false front in order to deceive others.
The word “hypocrite” comes from the Greek word hypokrites, which literally means “actor.” This makes sense when you think about it, since someone who is being hypocritical is essentially just putting on a show. And just like with any good actor, the goal is to make the audience believe that they are something that they’re really not.
Interestingly enough, hypocrisy isn’t always intentional. There are times when people can be hypocrites without even realizing it. For example, let’s say that you tell your friend not to smoke cigarettes because they’re bad for their health. But then, later on, you go out and smoke a cigarette yourself. In this case, you’re being a hypocrite without even knowing it!
Of course, intentional hypocrisy is much more common than unintentional hypocrisy. People often pretend to have certain beliefs or standards in order to make themselves look good. For example, a politician might publicly denounce corruption while secretly taking bribes. Or someone might preach about the importance of being faithful in a relationship while secretly cheating on their partner.
What Does The Bible Say About Hypocrisy?
The Bible has a lot to say about hypocrisy. In Matthew 6:2, Jesus says, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.”
Jesus also warns against hypocrisy in Luke 12:1, saying, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
And in Matthew 23:28, Jesus says, “In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
These verses make it clear that Jesus did not approve of hypocrisy. He saw it as something that was dishonest and destructive.
So why is hypocrisy such a bad thing? Well, for one thing, it’s simply not honest. When someone pretends to be something they’re not, they’re being deceitful. And as we all know, honesty is always the best policy.
But hypocrisy can also be harmful to relationships. When someone is hypocritical, they’re not being genuine. They’re putting on a show instead of being real. And this can make it difficult to trust or connect with that person.
So if you want to live a life of integrity, it’s important to avoid hypocrisy. Be honest with yourself and with others, and don’t pretend to be something you’re not.
Bible Verses About Hypocrisy
1. Matthew 23:33
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
2. Mark 7:6
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
3. Psalm 26:4
I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
4. Job 27:8
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
5. Matthew 23:27
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
6. Romans 12:9
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
7. James 3:17
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
8. Matthew 16:3
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
9. Matthew 6:1
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
10. 1 Peter 2:1
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
11. Matthew 15:7
Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
12. Job 34:30
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
13. Matthew 23:13
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14. Matthew 23:29
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
15. Matthew 6:16
Moreover 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. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
16. Isaiah 32:6
For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
17. Job 15:34
For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
18. Job 20:5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
19. Galatians 2:13
And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
20. Matthew 6:5
And 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 men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
21. Matthew 7:3
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
22. Job 36:13
But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
23. 1 Timothy 4:2
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
24. Matthew 7:5
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
25. Luke 6:42
Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
26. Matthew 15:8
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
27. Matthew 22:18
But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
28. Matthew 23:14
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
29. Proverbs 11:9
An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
30. Matthew 6:2
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
31. Matthew 24:51
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
32. Matthew 23:23
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
33. Luke 12:1
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
34. Job 13:16
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
35. Matthew 23:25
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
36. Matthew 23:28
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
37. Daniel 11:34
Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
38. Luke 13:15
The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
39. Isaiah 9:17
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
40. Luke 12:56
Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
41. Mark 12:15
Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
42. Matthew 23:15
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
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