Deceit, Deception, Delusion

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Mark 7:21, 22, 23 – “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

John 1:47  –  “…’Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!'”

Acts 13:9, 10 – “…’You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness…’”

Romans 1:28, 29, 30, 31, 32 – “…being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful…”

Romans 16:17 – “…those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned…”
Romans 16:18 – “…and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  –  “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

2 Corinthians 6:8 – “…regarded as deceivers and yet true;”

2 Corinthians 11:3 – “…as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray…”

2 Corinthians 11:13 – “…false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.”

Ephesians 4:14-16  –  “…we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming…”

Ephesians 4:20, 21, 22, 23, 24  –  “…lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit…”

Colossians 2:8 – “…philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 2:3, 4 – “For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.”

2 Thessalonians 2:8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – “…false wonders…deception of wickedness…did not receive the love of the truth…a deluding influence…what is false…”

1 Timothy 2:13-15  –  “…it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression…”

1 Timothy 4:1-2  –  “…paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars…”

2 Timothy 3:13  –  “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Titus 1:9-16 – “…those who contradict…rebellious men, empty talkers, deceivers…men who turn away from the truth…”

Titus 3:3 – “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.”

Hebrews 3:12-13  –  “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.  But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

James 1:22-27  –  “…and not merely hearers who delude themselves…and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart…”

1 Peter 2:1, 2, 3 – “…putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander…”

2 John 1:7  –  “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

Revelation 12:9 – “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…”


Psalm 24:3, 4  –  “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?  And who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.”

Psalm 26:4  –  “I do not sit with deceitful men, nor will I go with pretenders.”

Proverbs 26:24  –  “He who hates disguises it with his lips, but he lays up deceit in his heart.”

Jeremiah 14:14, 15 – “…’The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name…they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds…”

Hosea 4:2 – “There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery…”

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