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Theasaurus: Flattery

34 Bible Verses about Flattery

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Psalm 12:2-3

Each one speaks vanity with his neighbour: they speak with flattering lips and with a double heart. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things:

Psalm 55:20-21

He has put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him; he has defiled his covenant. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Psalm 62:4

They only consult to cast him down from his greatness; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse in their inward parts. Selah.

Jeremiah 9:8

Their tongue is as a sharp arrow; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth but in heart he lays in wait.

Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 29:5

The man that flatters his neighbour spreads a net for his feet.

Job 32:21-22

I will not now be a respecter of persons, neither will I give flattering titles unto man. For I do not know how to give flattering titles; otherwise my maker would soon take me away.

1 Thessalonians 2:5-6

For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness, nor did we seek glory of men neither of you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome unto you as the apostles of Christ.

Proverbs 28:23

He that rebukes a man, afterwards shall find more favour than he that flatters with the tongue.

Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaks that which is right.

Romans 16:17-18

And I beseech you, brethren, mark those who cause dissensions and offences outside of the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly and by smooth words and blessings deceive the hearts of the simple.

2 Timothy 4:3-4

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, they shall heap up unto themselves teachers who shall speak to them according to their own lusts, and thus they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall return unto fables.

2 Samuel 14:17-20

Then thy handmaid said, Let the word of my lord the king bring rest; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil; and let the LORD thy God be with thee. Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak. And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, By the life of thy soul, my lord the king, I can not turn to the right hand or to the left from all that my lord the king has spoken; for thy slave Joab, he commanded me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thy handmaid;read more.
to bring about this form of speech thy slave Joab has done this thing; but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know that which is done in the earth.

2 Samuel 15:2-6

And Absalom rose up early and stood beside the way of the gate; and when anyone that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto them and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy slave is of one of the tribes of Israel. And Absalom would say unto them, See, thy matters are good and just; but there is no one delegated by the king to hear thee. And Absalom would say, Oh, that I were made judge in the land, that everyone who has any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!read more.
And it was so, that when anyone came near unto him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand and took him and kissed him. And Absalom did according to this manner with all Israel that came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of those of Israel.

Daniel 6:21

Then Daniel said unto the king, O king, live for ever.

Matthew 22:16

And they sent out unto him their disciples with those of Herod, saying, Master, we know that thou art a lover of truth and teachest the way of God with truth and that thou takest care for no man, for thou art no respecter of persons of men.

Mark 12:14

And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art a man of truth who regards no man; for thou dost not look upon the appearance of men, but dost with truth teach the way of God; is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?

Luke 20:21

And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither dost thou accept the person of any, but teachest the way of God with truth;

Acts 12:22

And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of god, and not of man.

Psalm 36:2

For he flatters himself in his own eyes until his iniquity is found to be hateful.

Psalm 78:36

Nevertheless they flattered him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

Daniel 11:34

And in their fall, they shall be helped with a little help, but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Ezekiel 12:24

For there shall no longer be any vain vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Proverbs 20:19

He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

Proverbs 7:21-23

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield; with the flattering of her lips she persuaded him. He went after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, until the arrow pierces through his liver. He is as a bird struggling in the snare and not knowing that it is against his own life.

Job 17:5

He that speaks flattery to his neighbour, even the eyes of his sons shall fail.

Psalm 12:3

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things:

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Flattery » Danger of

Proverbs 7:21-23

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield; with the flattering of her lips she persuaded him. He went after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, until the arrow pierces through his liver. He is as a bird struggling in the snare and not knowing that it is against his own life.

Proverbs 29:5

The man that flatters his neighbour spreads a net for his feet.

Flattery » Exemplified » Woman of tekoah

2 Samuel 14:17

Then thy handmaid said, Let the word of my lord the king bring rest; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil; and let the LORD thy God be with thee.

2 Samuel 14:20

to bring about this form of speech thy slave Joab has done this thing; but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know that which is done in the earth.

Flattery » Those that flatter with the tongue

Proverbs 20:19

He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

Proverbs 29:5

The man that flatters his neighbour spreads a net for his feet.

Proverbs 28:23

He that rebukes a man, afterwards shall find more favour than he that flatters with the tongue.

Flattery » False prophets and teachers use

Ezekiel 12:24

For there shall no longer be any vain vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Flattery » The wicked use, to » Others

Flattery » Punishment of

Job 17:5

He that speaks flattery to his neighbour, even the eyes of his sons shall fail.

Psalm 12:3

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things:

Flattery » Ministers should not use

1 Thessalonians 2:5

For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,

Flattery » Worldly advantage obtained by

Daniel 11:21-22

And a vile person shall succeed in his place, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: nevertheless he shall come in with peace and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arms they shall be overflown of a flood before him and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

Flattery » Flattering mouths

Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Flattery » Seldom gains respect

Proverbs 28:23

He that rebukes a man, afterwards shall find more favour than he that flatters with the tongue.

Flattery » Avoid those given to

Proverbs 20:19

He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

Flattery » Exemplified » False prophets

1 Kings 22:13

And the messenger that had gone to call Micaiah spoke unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth; now let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them and speak that which is good.

Flattery » Hypocrites use, to » Those in authority

Daniel 11:34

And in their fall, they shall be helped with a little help, but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Flattery » Instance of » By the woman of tekoah

2 Samuel 14:17-20

Then thy handmaid said, Let the word of my lord the king bring rest; for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil; and let the LORD thy God be with thee. Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak. And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, By the life of thy soul, my lord the king, I can not turn to the right hand or to the left from all that my lord the king has spoken; for thy slave Joab, he commanded me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thy handmaid; read more.
to bring about this form of speech thy slave Joab has done this thing; but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know that which is done in the earth.

Flattery » Instance of » By israel and judah

2 Samuel 19:41-43

And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah, stolen thee away and have brought the king and his household and all David's men with him, over the Jordan? And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us. Why then are ye angry for this matter? Have we eaten anything at the king's cost? Or has he given us any gift? Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye; why then did ye not take us into account? Did we not speak first about bringing back our king? But in the end words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Flattery » Wisdom, a preservative against

Proverbs 4:5

Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Flattery » Saints should not used

Job 32:21-22

I will not now be a respecter of persons, neither will I give flattering titles unto man. For I do not know how to give flattering titles; otherwise my maker would soon take me away.

Flattery » Hypocrites use, to » God

Psalm 78:36

Nevertheless they flattered him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

Flattery » The wicked use, to » Themselves

Psalm 36:2

For he flatters himself in his own eyes until his iniquity is found to be hateful.

Flattery » Exemplified » Darius's advisorss

Daniel 6:7

All the presidents of the kingdom, magistrates, governors, great ones, and captains have agreed in common accord to promote a royal decree and to confirm it that whoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, except of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Flattery » Instance of » By absalom

2 Samuel 15:2-6

And Absalom rose up early and stood beside the way of the gate; and when anyone that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto them and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy slave is of one of the tribes of Israel. And Absalom would say unto them, See, thy matters are good and just; but there is no one delegated by the king to hear thee. And Absalom would say, Oh, that I were made judge in the land, that everyone who has any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! read more.
And it was so, that when anyone came near unto him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand and took him and kissed him. And Absalom did according to this manner with all Israel that came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of those of Israel.

Flattery » Instance of » Tertullus flatters felix

Acts 24:2-4

And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great peace and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy prudence, we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou would hear us of thy clemency a few words.

Flattery » Instance of » By herod agrippa ii

Acts 26:2-3

I esteem myself blessed, King Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee concerning all the things of which I am accused of the Jews, especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews; therefore, I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

Flattery » Instance of » By false prophets

1 Kings 22:13

And the messenger that had gone to call Micaiah spoke unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth; now let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them and speak that which is good.

Flattery » Instance of » Paul correctly informs felix

Acts 24:10

Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself;

Flattery » Instance of » By the herodians

Luke 20:21

And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither dost thou accept the person of any, but teachest the way of God with truth;

Flattery » Instance of » By tyrians

Acts 12:22

And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of god, and not of man.

Flattery » Instance of » By adonijah

1 Kings 1:42

And while he yet spoke, behold, Jonathan, the son of Abiathar, the priest, came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in, for thou art a valiant man and bringest good tidings.

Flattery » Instance of » By gideon

Judges 8:1-3

And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus that thou didst not call us when thou didst go to fight against Midian? And they chided with him sharply. And he replied unto them, What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? God has delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb, and what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their anger was abated toward him when he spoke that word.

Flattery » Instance of » By jacob

Genesis 33:10

And Jacob said, No, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present from my hand, that for this I have seen thy face as though I had seen the face of God; and do me the pleasure.

Flattery » Instance of » By ahab

1 Kings 20:4

And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy word, I am thine and all that I have.

Flattery » Instance of » By mephibosheth

2 Samuel 9:8

And he bowed himself and said, Who is thy slave, that thou should look upon such a dead dog as I am?

Flattery » Instance of » By darius's advisorss

Daniel 6:7

All the presidents of the kingdom, magistrates, governors, great ones, and captains have agreed in common accord to promote a royal decree and to confirm it that whoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, except of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.