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A Mere Cloak

A mere cloak which covered
a heart full of unclean lusts!

(Archibald Alexander, "The day of judgment")

"…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;

for man looketh on the outward appearance,

but the LORD looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

"And he said unto them, Ye are they which

justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth

your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed

among men is abomination in the sight of God."

Luke 16:15

"…for he knew what was in man." John 2:25

" Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men." Acts 1:24

And as externally good actions will then be examined
by One who has a full view of the motives from which
they proceeded, and the end which the person had in
view--is it not certain that many religious actions
will then appear to have been mere hypocrisy? that
many actions, apparently just and benevolent, were
mere efforts of pride and selfishness? and that a moral
and blameless life in the eyes of men--was a mere
cloak which covered a heart full of unclean lusts

Our most intimate friends here, will be astonished when
they see our secret iniquities and wicked motives exposed
to view. The most detestable crimes will be unveiled in
those who passed through life without suspicion! O how
many secret murders, perjuries, thefts, blasphemies, and
adulteries--will then be brought to light! How much fraud,
injustice, cruelty, oppression, pride, malice, revenge will
then be unveiled!

" But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest

the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them:

for unto thee have I opened my cause." Jeremiah 20:12

"…give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou

knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all

the children of men;)" 1 Kings 8:39

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