Hypocrisy—found fourteen times in fourteen verses in the Old Testament and twenty-six times in twenty-six verses the New Testament
Variations: hypocrisies, hypocrisy, hypocrite, hypocrites, hypocrite’s, hypocritical
Last usage in the Old Testament: Isaiah 33:14 (hypocrites)
First usage in the New Testament: Matthew 6:2 (hypocrites)
Interesting fact: The Book of Job incorporates a form of the word hypocrite more times than any other book with the exception of Matthew’s gospel. In Matthew’s gospel, the mention of hypocrisy was generally directed toward the religious leaders. Additionally, we find it eight times within the Book of Job. The majority of the Book of Job expresses the conversation and interaction between Job and his three “friends.” Bible students recognize that hypocrisy revolved around the counsel of these “friends.” Not surprisingly, each of the main speakers found in the Book of Job used a form of the word hypocrite on at least one occasion.
Bible study tip: Animals are frequently used in scripture as representations of various types of men and devils. For instance, a sly ruler was depicted by a fox (Luke 13:32). Birds were implemented to convey truths concerning the devil or devils (Matthew 13:4, 19). Wolves often depicted false prophets (Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:29). Be sure to recognize when and why the context plainly uses the animal kingdom to describe or depict a certain characteristic in man.
Sunday, Day 120—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 121—The Desire of the Hypocrite
Tuesday, Day 122—The Discernment of the Hypocrite
Wednesday, Day 123—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 124—Compassing Sea and Land for One
Friday, Day 125—Leaving the Weightier Matters Undone
Saturday, Day 126—Laying Aside All Hypocrisies
Day 120: Church Day
Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?