They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great. There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.
He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant. His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with their mouth, But inwardly they curse.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
“Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him.
A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps.
“Let me now be partial to no one, Nor flatter any man. “For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed–God is witness– nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.
He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved
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