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The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary


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The general acceptation of this word, and the character of the person under the influence of hypocrisy, is not well understood. We perfectly, well apprehend, that an hypocrite, and especially in religion, means one that wishes to be thought what he is not, and takes pains to impose upon others a seeming sanctity of character, which, in fact, his heart is a stranger to. This is the supposed meaning of an hypocrite, and this, as far as it goes, is right; but this is not all. For the full arid complete description of the character is, when he imposeth upon himself also: this is the finishing of the term hypocrisy. And very awful is it to say, that the deception is but too possible. Our Lord's expression is solemn to this amount. (Luke 12:1-2) "Beware ye of the leaven of the pharisees, which is hypocrisy: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." Hence that most interesting desire of the soul as expressed by David, "cleanse thou me from secret faults." (Psalms 19:12)

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Hypocrite'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. London. 1828.

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