Hypocrisy—found forty times in forty verses
Variations: hypocrisies, hypocrisy, hypocrite, hypocrites, hypocrite’s, hypocritical
First usage: Job 8:13 (hypocrite’s)
Last usage: 1 Peter 2:1 (hypocrisies)
Defined: the act of pretending to be something one is not; an imitation
Interesting fact: Matthew contains sixteen of the forty instances of the various forms of the words hypocrite or hypocrisy found in scripture. The first fifteen of these references in Matthew describe the character and work of the hypocrite. The sixteenth and final usage reveals the hypocrite’s end where “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:51).
Bible study tip: Take note of virtues demonstrated or benefits enjoyed as these things pertain to an individual or type of individual. It is also very important to take note of the duration of those benefits. For example, the hypocrite has “hope,” but this hope “shall perish” (Job 8:13). He has “joy,” but his joy is only “for a moment” (Job 20:5).
Sunday, Day 113—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 114—The Hypocrite Forgets God
Tuesday, Day 115—The Joy of the Hypocrite
Wednesday, Day 116—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 117—An Hypocrite Destroyeth His Neighbour
Friday, Day 118—Practising Hypocrisy
Saturday, Day 119—Wisdom Without Hypocrisy
Day 113: Church Day
1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,