The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose
Possible interpretation: 1) Bad people can appear to be good to achieve their objective. 2) Even good things can be twisted to achieve bad ends.
Origin: Spoken by Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice", written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616):
Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
cite (verb): quote (words from a book etc) to support an argument
Scripture (noun - also scripture or Scriptures): the Bible; the holy writings of a religion
purpose (noun): requirements; objective
If "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose", why would he do that?
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Contributor: Josef Essberger