The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose
This page is about the saying "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose"
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?
Contributor: Josef Essberger