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(from Gk. hypokrisis, “playing a part on a stage”). Dissimulating one's real character or belief, professing and pretending to be what one is not. Pr 21:27; Is 1:13–15; 29:13; Ml 1:6–14; Mt 6:1–5, 16; 7:5, 21; 15:1–9; 16:3; 22:18; 23; 26:25; Lk 11:39–52; 20:19–23; Jn 18:28; Acts 5:1–10; 2 Ti 3:5; Jude 12. Hypocrites are found in visible chs. but are not mems. of the invisible ch. They are counterfeit Christians. Their punishment is indicated Mt 24:51.

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