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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Hypocrites: Seeking Their Own Advantage
God is in the hypocrite's mouth, but the world is in his heart, which he expects to gain through his good reputation. I have read of one that offered his prince a great sum of money to have leave once or twice a-day to come into his presence, and only say, 'God save your Majesty!' The prince wondering at this large offer for so small a favor, asked him, 'What advantage would this afford him?' 'O sire,' saith he, 'this, though I have nothing else at your hands, will get me a name in the country for one who is a great favorite at court, and such an opinion will help me to more at the year's end, than it costs me for the purchase.'
Thus some, by the name they get for great saints, advance their worldly interests, which lie at the bottom of all their profession.: Gurnali.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Hypocrites: Seeking Their Own Advantage'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/h/hypocrites-seeking-their-own-advantage.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 8 / Ordinary 13