Deceit See Mark 7
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I checked present dictionary sources first; Webster 1828 is much stronger. And I think strong is needed.
1. Literally, a catching or ensnaring. Hence, the misleading of a person; the leading of another person to believe what is false, or not to believe what is true, and thus to ensnare him; fraud; fallacy; cheat; any declaration, artifice or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false.
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit Job 27:4.
2. Stratagem; artifice; device intended to mislead.
They imagine deceits all the day long. Psalms 38:12.
3. In scripture, that which is obtained by guile, fraud or oppression.
Their houses are full of deceit Jeremiah 5:27. Zeph. I.
4. In law, any trick, device, craft, collusion, shift, covin, or underhand practice, used to defraud another. source
Seventy times the King James version of the Bible uses the word deceit or deceitfully. Click HERE for the listing.
Genesis 34:13 is the first mention. Hebrews 3:13 is the last mention. It’s strong too.
Hebrews 3:13 (TLV) 13 But encourage one another day by day—as long as it is called “Today”—so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. source
Lets go back to the definition above. Catching. Ensnaring. Leading someone to believe what is false. Leading someone to disbelieve what is true. Fraud. Who would do such?!
Are you familiar with the first deception perpetrated on mankind? Do you know who the perpetrator was? He continues to be exceedingly aggressive today. If you are interested, check out Genesis 3. There you will find the father of deceit is Satan.
We are instructed in Hebrews 3:13 to encourage one another daily while we have the opportunity. I hope I am doing that. It is His will for us; each of us who have received His gift of salvation to encourage others; to lead others to believe the Truth; to deceive no one.
Colossians 2:6 (AMP) 6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], source