Deceit is "the action or practice of concealing the truth in order to mislead, deception, fraud, cheating, false dealing, a trick, stratagem or wile."

Deceit begins as the soul taint of hiding things, and is a sin because it is a perversion of truth and reality.

Edna Lister on Deceit

God uses people's deceit to build His divine vibrations. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 1, 1938.

Deceit abounds in the unrighteous, yet you must understand it, and in no way condemn them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1938.

The soul who applies law and wisdom sees all deceit and trickery as in an open book. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1938.

Thou shalt not live by false pretenses. – Edna Lister, New Ten Commandments, 1939.

Nothing is omitted when the time has come to sift all weaknesses, treachery and deceit. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 23, 1939.

Illusion deceives the bodily eye by false or unreal appearances or the mental eye by false prospects or statements, by deception or delusion. An illusion deceives or deludes by producing a false impression. Illusion is the misrepresentation of reality by individuals or personalities. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Deceit breeds lies, treachery and subterfuge. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 1, 1945.

You hide nothing when you live by deceit and treachery, and do not admonish self, for Light brings it into the open. Call such actions by their right name. Light will shout your fault from the housetops if you don't face it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1947.

Evil can use treachery only where it finds deceit, just as it can play upon self only where self is blaming others and desiring more for self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 19, 1948.

Every deceiving vibration has an odor. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 16, 1950.

When you hide things, you cover up only from self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 20, 1956.

You may not hide things from yourself, evade issues, tell tales, or use treachery or lies, even under self-delusion. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 20, 1956.

You never can deceive God, and can fool the world for only a short time. – Edna Lister, Prove Thy Works, September 16, 1956.

Delusions are self-deceptions. – Edna Lister, What Is Healing, May 17, 1960.

Many souls who have great Chronological Age (soul age) cannot stand the test of time, which is the hardest, for nothing escapes the sifting of weaknesses, treachery and deceit. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1961.

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New Testament on Deceit

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. – James 1:22.

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:5-10.

If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Galatians 6:3.

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Old Testament on Deceit

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. – Exodus 20:16.

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. – Psalm 101:7.

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. – Proverbs 12:5.

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil. – Proverbs 12:20.

The folly of fools is deceit. – Proverbs 14:8.

He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; when he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. – Proverbs 26:24-26.

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Etymology of deceit: Latin decipere, "to ensnare, take in," from de- "from" + capere, "to take, to seize."

Deceit begins as a soul taint, but unless lifted and surrendered to God, always becomes the breeding ground for sin because it is a perversion of reality.


O, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto VI, stanza 17


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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