Meaning: one who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion
Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16).
“The hypocrite’s hope shall perish” (Job 8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered “hypocrite” rather means the “godless” or “profane,” as it is rendered in Jeremiah 23:11, i.e., polluted with crimes.
- Why would I want to be a Christian looking at all the hypocrites in the church? Answer