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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”


and without hypocrisy

The words “without hypocrisy” comprise a negative and the word to judge; this person does not judge.

Greek theater used this word for judging behind a mask – to act behind a mask.

The mask itself is not the actor, nor even a projection of the actor. The actor falsely projects someone whom the actor is not. He “acts” differently than what he truly is.

A person “without hypocrisy” does not fake it. He does not disguise himself behind pretense or show; he is genuine. He is consistent with what he believes. He wears no disguise and is no phony. A person free from hypocrisy is free. Hypocrisy is a powerful form of slavery.

Ro 12:9, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

2 Co 6:6, “…by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love…”

1 Pt 1:22, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…”

1 Ti 1:5, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith…”

2 Ti 1:5, “…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”


Divine viewpoint produces a genuine believer.


The believer with wisdom does not act with “hypocrisy.” He is someone without pretense. He presents himself for who he truly is. He gives no Judas kiss. He does not portray himself as something better than he is. We can depend on this person. We trust his word because we believe in his character. He is no faker.

Mt. 6:2, 5, 10, “Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward

5And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward

16Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Mt 7:5, “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”