A deceitful person, first, deceives his own soul: his wickedness turns to his head, as it is written in the psalms: "His wickedness will be turned upon his head, and his wickedness will fall on his head" (Psalm 7, 17). Do not make acquaintance with a crafty man. Friendship with the Evil One - Friendship with the Devil (82, 21).
Reject the evil eye, the clasps of the eye are simple. The Monk Anthony the Great (82, 24).
Manifestation is an ingenuity for evil intentions, when a person, concealing himself with something kind, carries out his intention (8, 214).
I can not keep silent about the crookedness of the polyp, every time taking the color of a stone, to which it easily sticks. Therefore, many fish, swimming without fear, approach the polyp, as if to a stone, and become its prey. Such are the characters who cater to every prevailing power, each time conform to the circumstances, do not always stick to the same intentions, easily adapt to both: with chaste respect chastity, with intemperate - incontinent, for the sake of everyone change the arrangement. From such people it is not easy to evade and be saved from the harm they inflict, because the conceit created by them is deeply covered by the mask of friendship. People of this nature are called predatory wolves by the wolves, who are in the sheep's clothing (Matthew 7, 15). Avoid dodgy and many-sided disposition, strive for truth, sincerity and simplicity. St. Basil the Great (4, 112).
Sly disposition has special features; whoever has them, it is impossible for him to be the son of God, bearing in himself the image of the opposite nature. Do you want to know the distinctive features of evil nature? This envy, hatred, slander, arrogance, greed, passionate wishes, a disease of popularity. These and similar features distinguish the enemy's image. Therefore, if a person who has denigrated himself with such filth will call upon the Father, what kind of father will hear him? Obviously, he is related to the caller, and this is not the Heavenly Father, but the underworld. Saint Gregory of Nyssa (17, 412).
The wily never happens in the world, but always in turmoil, always full of irritability, guile and anger, always peeks for the neighbor, always eavesdrops ... insinuates himself in any way, corrupts the brothers, courageously oppresses the meek, the meek ones move away from themselves, the magnanimous ridicule, before strangers hypocrite (25, 18).
He is slanderous to one another, slanders everyone, takes part in quarrels, leads a person to irritation, helps in vengeance, is ready for malicious talk, speaks with pleasure of others evil. Sly quick to insult, in verbosity is strong, zealous in inflicting other blows, the first promotes strife. The cunning man mocks those who love; those who deserve approval are abhorrent; who shows success, those are dissatisfied. The wicked always envy, always vie, always harden; receiving an order, contradicts him; Having heard the command, he perverts it; after a good advice comes badly. The wise man in psalmody is weak, he is relaxed in fasting, he has neither strength nor intelligence for any good deed, he is incapable of spiritual talks, because "all ungodliness is blocking his mouth" (Psalm 106, 42). Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (25, 18).
Whoever wishes that his works will not perish, he must at once repel from himself slyness and anger (34, 49).
Whoever treats his brother slyly will not escape the sorrow of the heart. Rev. Abba Isaiah (34, 49).
A wicked man, of course, is more dangerous than an animal. The beast, without reason, has no evil against man ... and the crafty man, possessing reason, uses it for his own purposes and, when he wants, with his help, invents the traps (39, 829).
As from the bitter root and twigs, and leaves, and the flower, and the fruits - all bitter, and the crafty man and the gait, and the look, and the sight, and the actions of the wicked (39, 830).
A wicked man strikes first and foremost to himself and no one else. Thus, he is an enemy to himself. His soul is always full of sadness, thoughts are always sullen. St. John Chrysostom (43, 75).
Crafty thoughts separate man from the Lord (49, 355).
Whoever acts wickedly, provoking the Lord, does not expect that he will be forgiven. Reverend Neil of Sinai (49, 355).
How simple it is for sincere people to change in the wicked, it's just as difficult for the crafty ones to be reborn in sincere (57, 160).
Charisma comes from waving and anger (57, 184).
A wicked person is a co-deceiver and an accomplice to the devil, because the Lord taught us to call the devil a crafty one (57, 159).
It is a perversion of simplicity, a deceitful mind, a false justification of oneself with good intentions ... The concealment of the heart, the abyss of flattery, the skill of lying, the self-conceit turned into a nature, the opponent of humility, the face of repentance, the removal of crying ... persistence in one's opinion, the cause of falls, rebellion from falls ... an insidious smile at reproofs, reckless mourning, feigned awe - in short, it is a demonic life (57, 159).
There is ... a disgraceful disgrace that has lost the truth and thinks to keep it from many. Rev. John the Ladder (57, 159).
When the efforts of the devil are combined with our self-justification, then the devil becomes stronger, more hurt, more acted. For when we hold our own will and follow our justifications, then, apparently doing good, we ourselves set up networks and do not even know how to perish. For how can we comprehend the will of God or seek it, if we believe in ourselves and keep our wicked will? (58, 71).
When justification is combined with will - this is perfect death, great danger, great fear; then the unfortunate person finally falls. For who will make such a believe that another person knows best what is good for him? Then he completely surrendered to his will, to his own idea, and finally the enemy, as it wishes, suits his fall. Reverend Abba Dorotheus (58, 72).
A deceitful heart is the root and source of sin. Reverend Simeon the New Theologian (59, 25).
Great is the Goodness of God and human cruelty. Who asked for a reprieve and received the forgiveness of duty, when he was asked for a deferment, not only did he not give, but also imprisoned his debtor who did not owe him so much as he owed himself: he himself owed ten thousand talents, and that fifty denarii. Therefore, the Gospel word, comparing human kindness with God's goodness, justly called it evil: "If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children ...". Not all nature accuses it of evil (yes it will not be this!), For it is written: "Charity, Lord, good" (Psalm 124, 4), and: "A good man brings out good from a good treasure" (Matthew 12, 35), but only comparing the goodness of man with God, called it evil. For further it is said: "... the more your Father in heaven will give good things to those who ask Him" (Matthew 7, 11). Reverend Isidore Pelusiot (115, 645).
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