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Deceit in the Heart

Deceit in the Heart

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REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

Proverbs xii. 20.
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil. REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

Proverbs xii. 20.
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil.
REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

Proverbs xii. 20.
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil. REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

Proverbs xii. 20.
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil.

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DECEIT IN THE HEARTREV. SAMUEL HORSFALLProverbs xii. 20. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil. Of all the pernicious qualities a bad heart can possess, that of deceit may be pronounced of the most dangerous tendency : we can never be guarded against its insidious purposes, while it is secretly "imagining evil" to destroy us; for the secrets of the heart lie hid from our eyes, and no man can dive into the thoughts of another. We can see only the exterior side of things, and experience but too often proves how erroneous it is to judge of men by appearance. How prevalent this vice is may be discovered from the universal complaint of all men. You will G 42 SERMON IV.
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scarcely find any one who does not inveigh against another whom he has either entrusted with his con-cerns, and been betrayed; or opened to him the secrets of his bosom and has found them divulged; or reposed confidence and been deceived. How is this ? Is the world become so bad that we cannot find a man in whom we can repose confidence, or entrust wdth our concerns, or a friend to whom we may unbosom our soiils? May not a degree of culpability attach to us in our choice of persons for these sacred duties? Certainly, but still, this by no means exculpates the generality of men from the charge of dcceitfulness ; for though indiscretion may sometimes mark our choice, yet as " the heart *^ is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can " know it?" There is cause for a general censure of a vice which has so destructive a tendency, as to destroy the peace of mind of those, who have had the misfortune to meet with it in the hearts of them, in whom they have placed confidence. The greatest advantage which a deceitful man has over you, is, when to him, with whom you have been in the closest habits of intimacy, you
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SERMON IV. 43 have at times unwarily disclosed the full knowledge of your concerns, and opened to him the secrets of your heart, and he deceives you. If you should be in distress, to whom should you fly, you natu-rally imagine, but to this bosom-confidant. He relieves your necessities, and by that means obtains a kind of claim to your implicit confidence. In the unreserved openness of your heart, you may have said things you wish to recal; yet in the confidence of your friend (as you deem him) you hope your secret is safe. You have no secret apart from this your friend, who, in order to lay a claim to a still further confidence from you, will, with apparent sincerity, declare confidentially to you some secrets, of the keeping of which he is perhaps totally in-different. All this confidence would be very well, were men's dispositions as friendly and sincere as your own, and if the like disinterested candour ruled the manners and actions of him whom you have chosen for your confidant. But, alas ! as " deceit " is in the heart of him that imagines evil," and he
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