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34 Bible Verses about Flattery

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Psalm 12:2-3

They speak falseness {to each other}. [With] flattering lips, [with] {a double heart} they speak. May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, [the] tongue speaking great boasts--

Psalm 55:20-21

He has put forth his hands against {his friends}; he has defiled his covenant. The {buttery words} of his mouth were smooth, but [there was] battle in his heart. His words were smoother than oil, but they [were] drawn swords.

Psalm 62:4

They only plan to thrust [him] down from his high position; they are pleased [with] deception. With their mouths they bless, but {inwardly} they curse. Selah

Jeremiah 9:8

Their tongue [is] a murderous arrow, it speaks deceit. With his mouth he speaks peace with his neighbor, but in his inner parts he sets up his ambush.

Proverbs 26:28

A tongue of deceit hates its victim, and a flattering mouth makes ruin.

Proverbs 29:5

A strong man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.

Job 32:21-22

{Please let me not show partiality to anyone}, and let me not show flattery to human beings, for I do not know [how] {to flatter}, [else] my Maker would {soon} put an end to me.

1 Thessalonians 2:5-6

{For never} did we come with a word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext of greediness (God [is] witness), nor seeking glory from people, neither from you nor from others.

Proverbs 28:23

He who rebukes a person will afterward find [more] favor than he who flatters [with the] tongue.

Proverbs 16:13

The delight of kings [are] the lips of righteousness, and he who speaks what is upright he will love.

Romans 16:17-18

Now I exhort you, brothers, to look out for those who cause dissensions and temptations contrary to the teaching which you learned, and stay away from them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own stomach, and by smooth speech and flattery they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

2 Timothy 4:3-4

For there will be a time when they will not put up with sound teaching, but in accordance with their own desires, they will accumulate for themselves teachers, {because they have an insatiable curiosity}, and they will turn away from the hearing of the truth, but will turn to myths.

2 Samuel 14:17-20

Your servant also thought, 'May the word of my lord the king {bring rest}, for as an angel of God, so [is] my lord the king, {to sense what is good and what is bad}.' May Yahweh your God be with you." The king answered and said to the woman, "Please do not withhold from me a thing which I [am] about to ask you." The woman said, "Please let my lord the king speak." The king asked, "[Was] the hand of Joab with you in all of this?" The woman answered and said, "{As your soul lives}, my lord the king, surely [one cannot] go to the right or to the left from all that my lord the king has spoken. Yes, your servant Joab himself commanded me, and he put all of these words in the mouth of your servant.read more.
In order {to change the situation}, your servant Joab did this thing. But my lord [has] wisdom, as the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that [is] on the earth."

2 Samuel 15:2-6

Absalom used to rise early in the morning, and he stood {beside} the road [at] the gate; {anyone} who had a legal dispute to bring to the king for judgment Absalom would call to him and say, "{Where are you from?}" And he would say, "Your servant [is] from one of the tribes of Israel." Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your case [is] good and right, but for you there is no hearing with the king." Then Absalom would say, "{Oh, that someone would} appoint me as judge in the land, that {anyone} might come to me who had a legal dispute or a case, and I would give him justice."read more.
It happened whenever anyone drew near to do obeisance to him, that he would stretch his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom did like this to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

Daniel 6:21

Then Daniel spoke to the king, "O king, live {forever}!

Matthew 22:16

And they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and {you do not care what anyone thinks}, {because you do not regard the opinion of people}.

Mark 12:14

And [when they] came, they said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful and {you do not care what anyone thinks}, {because you do not regard the opinion of people} but teach the way of God in truth. Is it permitted to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?"

Luke 20:21

And they asked him, saying, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and do not {show partiality}, but teach the way of God in truth.

Acts 12:22

But the people began to call out loudly, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"

Psalm 78:36

But they enticed him with their mouth and lied to him with their tongue.

Daniel 11:34

And {when they fall} they will receive little help, and many will join with them [in] hypocrisy.

Ezekiel 12:24

For [there] will not be any longer {any false vision} or flattering divination in the midst of the house of Israel.

Proverbs 7:21-23

She persuades him with the greatness of her teachings; with her smooth lips she compels him. He goes after her suddenly; like an ox to the slaughter he goes, and like a stag to the instruction of a fool, until an arrow pierces his {entrails}, like a bird rushing into a snare, but he does not know that {it will cost him his life}.

Job 17:5

He denounces friends for reward, so his children's eyes will fail.

Psalm 12:3

May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, [the] tongue speaking great boasts--

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Flattery » Danger of

Proverbs 7:21-23

She persuades him with the greatness of her teachings; with her smooth lips she compels him. He goes after her suddenly; like an ox to the slaughter he goes, and like a stag to the instruction of a fool, until an arrow pierces his {entrails}, like a bird rushing into a snare, but he does not know that {it will cost him his life}.

Proverbs 29:5

A strong man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.

Flattery » Exemplified » Woman of tekoah

2 Samuel 14:17

Your servant also thought, 'May the word of my lord the king {bring rest}, for as an angel of God, so [is] my lord the king, {to sense what is good and what is bad}.' May Yahweh your God be with you."

2 Samuel 14:20

In order {to change the situation}, your servant Joab did this thing. But my lord [has] wisdom, as the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that [is] on the earth."

Flattery » Those that flatter with the tongue

Proverbs 29:5

A strong man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.

Proverbs 28:23

He who rebukes a person will afterward find [more] favor than he who flatters [with the] tongue.

Flattery » False prophets and teachers use

Ezekiel 12:24

For [there] will not be any longer {any false vision} or flattering divination in the midst of the house of Israel.

Flattery » The wicked use, to » Others

Flattery » Punishment of

Job 17:5

He denounces friends for reward, so his children's eyes will fail.

Psalm 12:3

May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, [the] tongue speaking great boasts--

Flattery » Ministers should not use

1 Thessalonians 2:5

{For never} did we come with a word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext of greediness (God [is] witness),

Flattery » Worldly advantage obtained by

Daniel 11:21-22

And in his place a despicable person will arise on whom they have not conferred the majesty of [the] kingdom, and he will come in {without warning} and he will seize [the] kingdom by deceit. And {before him} {mighty military forces} will be utterly swept away, and they will be broken, and also [the] leader of [the] covenant.

Flattery » Flattering mouths

Proverbs 26:28

A tongue of deceit hates its victim, and a flattering mouth makes ruin.

Flattery » Seldom gains respect

Proverbs 28:23

He who rebukes a person will afterward find [more] favor than he who flatters [with the] tongue.

Flattery » Avoid those given to

Flattery » Exemplified » False prophets

1 Kings 22:13

Then the messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Please now, the words of the prophet are {unanimously} favorable to the king. Please let your words be as one word with them, and speak favorably."

Flattery » Hypocrites use, to » Those in authority

Daniel 11:34

And {when they fall} they will receive little help, and many will join with them [in] hypocrisy.

Flattery » Instance of » By the woman of tekoah

2 Samuel 14:17-20

Your servant also thought, 'May the word of my lord the king {bring rest}, for as an angel of God, so [is] my lord the king, {to sense what is good and what is bad}.' May Yahweh your God be with you." The king answered and said to the woman, "Please do not withhold from me a thing which I [am] about to ask you." The woman said, "Please let my lord the king speak." The king asked, "[Was] the hand of Joab with you in all of this?" The woman answered and said, "{As your soul lives}, my lord the king, surely [one cannot] go to the right or to the left from all that my lord the king has spoken. Yes, your servant Joab himself commanded me, and he put all of these words in the mouth of your servant. read more.
In order {to change the situation}, your servant Joab did this thing. But my lord [has] wisdom, as the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that [is] on the earth."

Flattery » Instance of » By israel and judah

2 Samuel 19:41-43

Suddenly, all the men of Israel [were] coming to the king. They said to the king, "Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen away and brought the king and his household over the Jordan, with all the men of David?" Then all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because the king [is] my close relative! Why [are] you this angry over this matter? {Have we by any means eaten [anything] from the king? Did we take by any means anything that was not ours}?" Then the people of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, "I have {ten times as much} in the king, moreover in David I have more than you. Why did you treat me with contempt {by not giving me first chance} to bring back my king?" But the words of the men of Judah [were] fiercer than the word of the men of Israel.

Flattery » Wisdom, a preservative against

Proverbs 4:5

Get wisdom and insight; do not forget and do not turn from the sayings of my mouth.

Flattery » Saints should not used

Job 32:21-22

{Please let me not show partiality to anyone}, and let me not show flattery to human beings, for I do not know [how] {to flatter}, [else] my Maker would {soon} put an end to me.

Flattery » Hypocrites use, to » God

Psalm 78:36

But they enticed him with their mouth and lied to him with their tongue.

Flattery » The wicked use, to » Themselves

Flattery » Exemplified » Darius's advisorss

Daniel 6:7

All of [the] administrators of the kingdom, and the prefects, the satraps, the counselors and the governors took counsel [and have] agreed to establish an edict of the king and to enforce a decree that {whoever} will seek a prayer from any god or human except from you [for] up to thirty days will be thrown into {the lion pit}.

Flattery » Instance of » By absalom

2 Samuel 15:2-6

Absalom used to rise early in the morning, and he stood {beside} the road [at] the gate; {anyone} who had a legal dispute to bring to the king for judgment Absalom would call to him and say, "{Where are you from?}" And he would say, "Your servant [is] from one of the tribes of Israel." Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your case [is] good and right, but for you there is no hearing with the king." Then Absalom would say, "{Oh, that someone would} appoint me as judge in the land, that {anyone} might come to me who had a legal dispute or a case, and I would give him justice." read more.
It happened whenever anyone drew near to do obeisance to him, that he would stretch his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom did like this to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

Flattery » Instance of » Tertullus flatters felix

Acts 24:2-4

And [when] he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying, "We have experienced much peace through you, and reforms are taking place in this nation through your foresight. Both in every [way] and everywhere we acknowledge [this], most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. But so that I may not impose on you for longer, I implore you to hear us briefly with your [customary] graciousness.

Flattery » Instance of » By herod agrippa ii

Acts 26:2-3

"Concerning all [the things] of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate [that] before you I am about to defend myself today, [because] you are especially acquainted with both all the customs and controversial questions with respect to the Jews. Therefore I beg [you] to listen to me with patience.

Flattery » Instance of » By false prophets

1 Kings 22:13

Then the messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Please now, the words of the prophet are {unanimously} favorable to the king. Please let your words be as one word with them, and speak favorably."

Flattery » Instance of » Paul correctly informs felix

Acts 24:10

And [when] the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, "[Because I] know you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I defend myself cheerfully [with respect to] the things concerning myself.

Flattery » Instance of » By the herodians

Luke 20:21

And they asked him, saying, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and do not {show partiality}, but teach the way of God in truth.

Flattery » Instance of » By tyrians

Acts 12:22

But the people began to call out loudly, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"

Flattery » Instance of » By adonijah

1 Kings 1:42

While he was still speaking, suddenly Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came. Adonijah said, "Come, for you are a man of valor, and you bring good news."

Flattery » Instance of » By gideon

Judges 8:1-3

The men of Ephraim said to him, "What [is] this thing you have done to us, not calling us when you went to fight against the Midianites?" And they quarreled with him severely. And he said to them, "What I have done now in comparison with you? Are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? God has given into your hand the commanders of Midian, Oreb, and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?" And their {anger} against him subsided when {he said that}.

Flattery » Instance of » By jacob

Genesis 33:10

And Jacob said, "No, please, if I have found favor in your eyes, you must take my gift from my hand, for then I have seen your face [which is] like seeing the face of God, and you have received me.

Flattery » Instance of » By ahab

1 Kings 20:4

Then the king of Israel answered and said, "As your word, my master the king; I [am] yours, and all that is mine [is yours]."

Flattery » Instance of » By mephibosheth

2 Samuel 9:8

Then he did obeisance and said, "What [is] your servant that you have paid attention to the dead dog like me?"

Flattery » Instance of » By darius's advisorss

Daniel 6:7

All of [the] administrators of the kingdom, and the prefects, the satraps, the counselors and the governors took counsel [and have] agreed to establish an edict of the king and to enforce a decree that {whoever} will seek a prayer from any god or human except from you [for] up to thirty days will be thrown into {the lion pit}.