Romans 16:18

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent.
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Clement Of Rome

AD 99
Workmen; not workmen to whom the fear of God and righteousness appear to be gain; not workmen who "serve their belly; "not workmen who "with fair speeches and pleasant words mislead the hearts of the innocent; "

Cyril of Jerusalem

AD 386
The heretics do this by coating over their poison pills of godless doctrines with the honey of the name of Christ.


AD 420
Flattery is always insidious, deceitful and bland. And a flatterer is well defined by philosophers as a bland enemy. Truth is harsh, bitter, stern, unpleasant and offensive to those who are reproved.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
It seems that Paul is talking here about the Jewish leaders…. Their words sound wonderful, but they are deceptive. However, they do not fool everyone but only the hearts of the simpleminded.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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