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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection

Hypocrites: Discovered On Nearer Inspection


How many are like that famous painting of the olden time, in which the artist depicted what seemed at a distance a holy friar with a book before him, and his hands crossed in devotion, looking like a saint indeed, but when you came close to the venerable impostor, you found that his hands, though clasped, enclosed a lemon, and instead of a book there was a punch-bowl into which he was squeezing the juice. To seem to be, answers men's purposes so well, that it is little marvel if pretenders swarm like the flies in Egypt's plague; yet if they would remember the last great day, men would abhor hypocrisy.


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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Hypocrites: Discovered On Nearer Inspection'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/h/hypocrites-discovered-on-nearer-inspection.html. 1870.

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