11 Bible Quotes on Hypocrisy For All the Hypocritical Christians Out There
The Bible is a funny thing. For all the lessons and wisdom found in scripture, humans still manage to twist the words to fit their own narratives. It’s the transition from written to spoken word when meanings get lost in translation, and hidden agendas come into play. Say what you will about religion, but you can’t deny it’s often the followers of faith who warp the intentions of the Bible, the Quran, and every other religious text. There’s a word for those types of people, who we’ve all encountered at least once: hypocrites.
So they get a taste of their own medicine, here are 11 quotes from the Bible on hypocrisy, just in time for Holy Week.
“You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?” - Luke 12:56
“So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” - Matthew 23:28
“I do not sit with deceitful men. Nor will I go with pretenders.” - Psalm 26:4
“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” - 1 John 4:20
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.” - James 1:26
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” - Matthew 6:5
“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.” - Romans 2:1
“Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?” - Romans 2:3
“For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” - Galatians 6:3
“Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” - 1 Timothy 4:2
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” - Matthew 7:15