The Bible does not have a good word to say about flattery.
“He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.” (Job 17:5)
“Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.” (Job 32:21-22)
“They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and a double heart do that speak.” (Psalm 12:2)
“To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.” (Proverbs 6:24 – note that EVIL women use flattery)
“With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.” (Proverbs 7:21)
“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.” (Proverbs 26:28)
“He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.” (Proverbs 28:23)
“For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness” (1 Thessalonians 2:5)
“They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things; Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”…”(Psalm 12:2-4)
“There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue. Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You.…(Psalm 5:9-10)
Flattery just inflates the ego and makes the recipient more susceptible to other words by the flatterer. But as Proverbs 28:23, it only serves to work ruin, and those who fall for the flatteries of the Antichrist will suffer the eternal ruin of their souls.
We all know people who use flattery to manipulate. To escape consequences. To present a false appearance. To make themselves look good. None of the reasons are good ones….flattery is used to manipulate for SOME reason known only to the flatterer. It is the tool of Satan used to obfuscate the truth of some situation or circumstance or reality of the user. Beware the glib flatterers who are smiling at you through wolves teeth and a snakes tongue.
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