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"And she wrote in the letters, saying Proclaim a fast, and "set NABOTH on high among the people: and set two men, sons^ "of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying: "Thou didst blaspheme God and the King. And then carry "him out, and stone him, that he may die."

I Kings, Ch. XXI., V. 9, 10.

HYPOCRISY, in the general acceptation of the word, is dissimulation, or deceit, with regard to virtuous thoughts and conduct, and especially with regard to religious matters. It is a pretending to feel what we do not feel, to believe what we do not believe, to practise what we do not practise. It is an odious vice: it is greatly mischievous, because, by assuming the garb of, it reflects, in the hour of detection, disgrace upon, virtue itself: it must be founded in evil design, because it proceeds from cool deliberation and calculation: it includes lying and fraud: its natural tendency is to produce injury to our neighbour and to dishonour real religion: accordingly,

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