The Chief Deceiver

Subject: Deception IV: The Chief Deceiver

Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 19:41:01 -0400

From: Jesus Christ is the ONLY Way to God

Deception IV: The Chief Deceiver

sis. Tracy

Oct 18, 2002

Dear CHRISTIAN Friends:

Greetings in the name of the ONLY wise God and Saviour Jesus Christ.


In these end times, people are going to worship the beast and the devil.  EVERYBODY who is not saved is going to worship the devil and the beast. That includes every church hypocrite who has his eyes wide open so that he can avoid some rice-sized computer implant.

We established that no one is going to worship the devil for who he is. He has to DECEIVE people into worshipping him. The unrelenting current of deception will pick up everybody in its path that is not anchored to the word of God. This wide, swift, deep, current is so artfully disguised and so tailored to man’s desires that you can’t even see it without the light of God’s word. Deception will cause you to–

1. BELIEVE what is FALSE


A deceived person does not know that they are deceived. “That being the case, how do I know if *I* am deceived?” As we noted in a previous email, you need a measure outside of yourself. That measure is the word of God.  Look at your lifestyle in light of the word. Your thoughts. Your doctrinal beliefs. Be like the Bereans.

**************A WORD ON SEDUCTION***********

The current of deception is filthy but HIGHLY seductive. It does not scare you away, IT DRAWS YOU TO ITSELF. It even seeks to allure the elect–

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, TO SEDUCE, if it were possible, EVEN THE ELECT.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, GIVING HEED to SEDUCING spirits, and doctrines of devils; Some SHALL depart from the faith and give heed to SEDUCING spirits. And to DOCTRINES of devils.

The devil has doctrine too–he will take verses out of context and string them together to make false doctrines/teachings. If you listen to his servants, you’ll be quoting the Bible just as wrong as two left feet. To avoid this, we have to put in hard study–whole BOOKS of the Bible. We must obey what we read. Then you won’t be seduced–

SEDU’CE, v . t . [L. seduco ; se , from, and duco , to lead.]

1. To draw aside or entice from the path of rectitude and duty in ANY manner, by flattery, promises, bribes or otherwise; to tempt and lead to iniquity; to corrupt; to deprave.


1. One that seduces; one that by temptation or arts, entices another to depart from the path of rectitude and duty; pre-eminently, one that by flattery, promises or falsehood, persuades a female to surrender her chastity. [Your favorite secular actors are paid seducers bewitching masses.]

2. That which leads astray; that which entices to evil.

SEDU’CIBLE, a . Capable of being drawn aside from the path of rectitude; corruptible.

A few scriptures on “seduction”–

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and SEDUCERS shall wax worse and worse, DECEIVING, and being DECEIVED.

1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that SEDUCE you.

There are many deceivers and seducers in this world, but they only fall into a few categories. In this email, we’ll look at the CHIEF deceiver. This long email may be of little interest to most, but it is the very one many people need to read THE MOST. The chief deceiver is…

************** YOUR OWN HEART **************

The human heart is DECEITFUL ABOVE all things.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, and DESPERATELY WICKED: who can know it?

Above ALL things, your own corrupt feelings will DECEIVE YOU. After the flood, God testifies of man’s heart–

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for THE IMAGINATION OF MAN’S HEART is EVIL from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Knowing that the human heart is DECEITFUL, we should be careful about saying “I believe that WITH ALL MY HEART.” That doesn’t count for anything. Our hearts will fool us. We must put a chapter and verse with what we believe.  If you can’t put a scripture to your belief, you need to be silent until you can.

I’ve also heard professed Christians say, “The Lord knows my heart”. That usually means they are sinning and they think that God accepts the lip service about loving Him (those that love God keep His commandments).  They should be scared about the fact that God DOES know their heart –HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT IT AND HE KNOWS YOUR THOUGHTS AFAR OFF.

Jeremiah 17:9 not only says the human heart is DECEITFUL (remember we’re talking about DECEPTION) above all things but it goes on to say that that the human heart is “desperately WICKED”. Let’s retrieve definitions from Webster’s 1828–


1. In a desperate manner; as in despair; hence, furiously; WITH RAGE; MADLY; without regard to danger or safety; as, the troops fought desperately.

2. In a popular sense, GREATLY; EXTREMELY; VIOLENTLY.

WICKED, a. [The primary sense is to wind and turn, or to depart, to fall away.]

1. Evil in principle or practice; DEVIATING FROM THE DIVINE LAW; ADDICTED TO VICE; sinful; immoral.

This is a word of comprehensive signification, extending to everything that is CONTRARY to the moral law, and both to persons and actions. We say, a wicked man, a wicked deed, wicked ways, wicked lives, a wicked heart, wicked designs, wicked works.

The human heart, which is untamed by the yoke of Jesus Christ, is a vicious, rebellious, furious, wild, mad entity that deviates from the commandments of God at every turn. It is DESPERATELY WICKED. We cannot trust our “feelings”.

Here’s an example–

I remember some years ago watching a documentary on PBS. I was saved but still flitting around with hell-i-vision. The documentary was about some sodomites who were “Foster Parents of the Year” in some mid-western state. At the end of the documentary, my heart was so soft towards them. They took in abused children and they all sat down to dinner together every night, talked, etc. The Spirit of God made me look at my corrupt self. It was like looking at a stranger. It was hard to believe that “I” was sucked in like that. I was bewitched that quick. I wasn’t an NIV, lets-have-a-Christian-Halloween-party type, either. I was King James 1611, writing for the website, etc. This is an example of the “human” heart. Whenever we depart from underneath the written word to investigate on our own, there is corruptness. Your own human heart will deceive you. It is prone to wander. It must be restrained by the word of God.

Paul said in Romans 7 that even when he would do good, evil was present with him. As I’ve heard it said before, “The best man is still just a man.” We have to be on guard for our hearts for out of it flow the issues of life. It has to be kept under the blood and the word. Whatever you don’t crucify and bring under subjection to Jesus Christ will mess you up. Destroy the Blockbuster card, cancel the cable, destroy the worldly video collection.  These things will bewitch you. […]

The devil and his ministers will tell you to listen to your own heart and your human feelings. He will tell you to interpret the scriptures according to your own heart and what YOU think is right. King Jesus gave us the key to understanding this in Matthew 16–

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised  again the third day.  16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.  16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest NOT the things that be of God, BUT THOSE THAT BE OF MEN.

Peter, in his human heart did not want Jesus to be killed. The devil came right in through those feelings but the Lord Jesus called him out–“Get thee behind me, SATAN…thou savourest NOT the things that be of God, BUT THOSE THAT BE OF MEN.” JESUS SAID he MUST go to Jerusalem and suffer and be killed and rise but Peter sought to override what Jesus said. Don’t ever put your feelings above the word. GO WITH THE WORD EVERYTIME EVEN IF IT CAUSES YOU SOME SORROW.

The devil savours and relishes the things of man. Man’s feelings, desires, etc. are a PLAYGROUND for the devil. When we think our thoughts instead of chapter and verse, the devil can fool us EVERYTIME. The devil loves the following kind of talk–

“It seems to me,”

“Well, I believe it like this,” “I believe with all my heart,” “Perhaps…”

“Maybe it means…” “My mother always said…” “My brother believes…”

But when you start saying, “Thus saith the Lord according to Ezekiel chapter 3 verse…” there’s no room there for the devil.

Summary: Don’t base your beliefs or doctrine on what “seems” right to you.  Base it ONLY on the written word.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.


It is good to understand and tell the truth about yourself. It helps you to be watchful.

TRUTH: We are corrupt.

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was SHAPEN IN INIQUITY; and IN SIN did my mother CONCEIVE ME.

The picture I get from this scripture is me in my mother’s womb being throughly shapen in iniquity, it being mixed in with my very being. Before my eyes ever saw the light of day, I was in bad shape. I was even CONCEIVED in sin. When that little sperm found my mother’s egg, sin was there. When my bones were being knit together, iniquity and corruptness was there. I was BORN with a fatal defect–sin–and it requires that I die. This is our inheritance from the first Adam.

Look at a little child. When has anyone ever had to teach a child to lie or do bad? Nobody. They come out ready to do wrong. They have sin nature. You have to teach them how to do right. My little sister couldn’t talk but she’d hold her breath as an infant when she got mad. Nobody has to say, “Here is how you throw a temper tantrum,” or “Here’s how to say ‘no’ when you mother tells you to do something”. Sin is only THE MANIFESTATION of what is already in our heart. Sin is a symptom. It tells us something is wrong in our heart.  Our heart is DECEITFUL and the sin that comes out of it is DECEITFUL.

*************SIN DECEIVES************

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the *DECEITFULNESS* OF SIN.

Your own sin is a deceiver. If you give place to sin instead of confessing, repenting and forsaking it, it will HARDEN you to gospel truth. You will lose your relish for spiritual things. You’ll go without prayer, Bible reading, fellowshipping with the saints, etc. Your sins DECEIVE and harden you.

We need to stop making excuses for sin and start warring against it. “Nobody’s perfect” “I’m not perfect, just forgiven” “I’m just a sinner,” etc. The professed church is a-hissing. We say such lame, weak things. How about some, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” and “yield your members as instruments of righteousness”? How about “I used to be a thief, but now I work for a living.” Testify of strength received by the blood of Jesus. Let them that love the Lord, hate sin.

In today’s church world, people study sin on HBO and flee from righteousness–and call those who try to live right “legalists”. Greatly deceived.

Here are a few sins that the Bible says will deceive you. A derivative of the word “deceit” is in almost all these particular scripture references–

Self-righteousness, saying we have no sin (I John 1:8)

Unrighteousness (II Thessalonians 2:10)

Women more apt to deception–that’s why they are to be silent in the churches (I Timothy 2:11-14)

Pride (Galatians 6:3, Obadiah 1:3, Jeremiah 49:16)

Evil communications (I Corinthians 15:33)

Whores (Job 31:9)

Drunkenness (Proverbs 20:1)

Dainties (Proverbs 23:3)

Flattery (Proverbs 27:6)

Favor (nice countenance or friendly disposition, Proverbs 31:30)

Riches (Mark 4:19, I Timothy 6:10)

Hypocrisy (James 1:22)

Flapping your lips (James 1:26)

Your heart (Deuteronomy 11:16, Jeremiah 17:9)

Sin (Hebrews 3:13)

**********STAGES OF SIN*************

Understanding that our sins DECEIVE us, it behooves us to know the stages leading up to sin so that we can avoid it and pass not by it —

James1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is (1) drawn away of his OWN lust, and (2) enticed. 1:15 Then when (3) lust hath conceived, (4) it bringeth forth sin: and (5) sin, when it is finished, (6) bringeth forth death.

Many people blame everything on the devil. That is not wise. Concerning sin, this scripture clearly teaches that the sins that a man commits, he commits on his own. Forget, “The devil made me do it.” The tempter may put a temptation in front of you, but IT IS YOUR OWN LUST THAT GETS YOU INTERESTED IN IT. Work with that. Then after you are interested, you keep looking and the temptation draws you in. Then your lust hooks up with the temptation and you sin. The sin eventually deals the death blow. It may not be physical death, but believe it, something is dead. Whether it is a relationship, a ministry, whatever.

When you feel your lust rising up, don’t accept it, pray, apply the scriptures, repent and go do right. Don’t go like an ox to the slaughter and greatly dishonour your Creator.

“O this wretched computer, I just keep going to porno”. It is not the computer that is making you nasty. You are ALREADY nasty and you are HAPPY to look at some naked whoremongers–you should be very afraid because you don’t fear God. REPENT of your sins, BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and bring forth works meet for repentance. “Wash you, make you clean put away the evil of your doing from before mine eyes. Cease to do evil LEARN TO DO WELL, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Christian people can give you some don’ts but can’t give you any do’s! Ah! Who is on the Lord’s side? Many church people say “I’m just resting” whereas Jesus said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many shall seek to enter in and shall not be able”. If your way is broad and you feel you can do what you want to do, you are on the broad way that leadeth to the destruction. You have lots of latitude on that way. If you scorn the narrow way, that means you’re on the broad way.

*************USE THE LAW LAWFULLY***************

We’ve talked about sin. Let’s talk about USING THE LAW AS A RESTRAINT on our propensity to sin.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully…

Many Christian people don’t know the purpose of the law or how to use it lawfully. Many people think that by obeying the law, they will be saved.  IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. The only way to be saved is to believe the gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) and confess the name of the Lord Jesus. Now that I am now dead unto the law I serve in the newness of spirit.  My new regulating principle is the law of Christ. To love God supremely and to love my neighbor as myself.

But what does it mean to use the law lawfully? Let’s continue in Timothy–

1 Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that THE LAW IS NOT MADE FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN, but for the LAWLESS AND DISOBEDIENT, for the UNGODLY and for SINNERS, for UNHOLY and PROFANE, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1:10 For WHOREMONGERS, for THEM THAT DEFILE THEMSELVES with mankind, for menstealers, for LIARS, for perjured persons, AND IF THERE BE ANY OTHER THING THAT IS CONTRARY TO SOUND DOCTRINE; 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Look at verse 9. The law is not made for a righteous man. The speed limit sign of 55 miles per hour is not for somebody that goes 55 mph. It is for the person going 100 mph, the transgressor. It is to slow them down and convince them that they are a transgressor. THE LAW IN THE CASE OF A SAVED PERSON IS TO RESTRAIN YOU AND ME FROM OUR NATURAL EVIL PROPENSITIES. When a saved individual finds him or herself going out of the bounds of holiness, we need to whip some law up on ourselves so that we don’t follow pernicious ways. We are not lawless and rebellious like the antinomians. We have respect for the law and when we find that we are lawbreakers then we need to go back to that which schooled us to Christ–

Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid.  Nay, I HAD NOT KNOWN SIN, BUT BY THE LAW: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

The law shows up my sins. I don’t get saved and forget about “thou shalt not bear false witness”. When I am tempted to tell a lie out of convenience, I must remember what God says about it.

When we feel an evil impulse, THEN is the time to revisit the law and get under control. I’m talking to save people, and unregenerate man cannot do this. The hands that I have are the same hands I used as an ungodly sinner.  I still have flesh and blood. I am still corruptible. I need A RESTRAINT on my mind, my actions, my desires. THE LAW IS THAT RESTRAINT. Don’t discard the law like the antinomians do (more on them in a later email). Lawlessness is of the devil.

The grace that saved me teaches me TO DENY ungodliness and worldly lusts AND to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world (Titus 2). At those times when my mind is prone to wander, or my mouth wants to sin, then I need to go to the law because I’m moving into THE LAWLESS, DISOBEDIENT, UNGODLY, SINNERS, UNHOLY, PROFANE, WHOREMONGER, DEFILED, LIAR ARENA. The law is for the lawless. And whenever we feel we are about to go out of bounds we need to whip down the law on our own self. If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. I don’t typically just keep going in the wrong direction. When I see I’m wrong, I start warring against wrong.  I don’t want to be obstinate and then the Lord has to do something drastic in my life. As a result, my walk with the Lord is steady. Not a rollercoaster ride.

When you see you are going astray, don’t just be like a dumb ox going to the slaughter. CRY OUT TO THE LORD! REPENT! LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR OF GOD’S WORD! The Lord is GOOD. He is KIND. He is MERCIFUL. And if you try to get right–the Lord will help you. Every time you resist sin, you get stronger. Your senses are exercised and you’ll begin moving on to perfection (ref. Heb 6).

In summary: The law is not made for a righteous man. Insofar as I am doing right, I don’t need it. But when we feel ourselves about to sin and go in the wrong direction, we need to go back and revisit the law. Don’t just let yourself go in any direction. Keep under your body and bring it into

subjection to the gospel. For example, the Lord commands us to meditate in his law night and day–don’t go two months without reading the word. You better make your hands pick it up and your eyes read it. That’s keeping the body under subjection. You are not going to receive a crown except you strive LAWFULLY. We must run this Christian race according to the truth, the Bible. Not according to man’s rules. I used to run track. If you didn’t follow the rules and regulations, you were disqualified even if you came in first place at the finish line. Same thing in this Christian race. You may look to others like you are doing good, but if you are not running the race according to the parameters of God’s word you are disqualified–

II Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he NOT CROWNED, EXCEPT HE STRIVE LAWFULLY.

*****************GOD HATES SIN**********

All this talk about our sin may be uninteresting to somebody–that somebody needs to wake up. Your sin will DECEIVE you all the way into hell. God hates sin. It is only by the beloved Lord Jesus Christ that we are even accepted by God. God is angry with the wicked EVERY DAY. Not some days, EVERYDAY. God HATES evil. Even the earth groans under a wicked man. Don’t minimize your sins. Let them be maximized in your sight. Learn to abhor sin.

If you are a fornicator, adulterer, porno watcher, liar, thief, defiled human being, please don’t deceive yourself into thinking that God is happy with you. I can unequivocally tell you from the word that He is mad at you and your unrighteous, unholy deeds. Don’t deceive yourself. REPENT and bring forth works meet for repentance.

Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and GOD IS ANGRY WITH THE WICKED EVERY DAY.

Psalm 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: THOU HATEST ALL WORKERS OF      INIQUITY.


I can hear the antinomian say, “I am not holy but I am positionally righteous!” Anyone that has that testimony is GREATLY DECEIVED.

Galatians 6:7 *BE NOT DECEIVED*; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? *BE NOT DECEIVED*: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor      abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

*************** “GOD WILL KILL YOU.” ***************

God is serious about His word. Antinomians think that He is playing and that is why they live as they do. Then they justify their sinfulness with scriptures taken out of context. As one preacher said, “If you want to play, go to Toys R Us and get yourself a bat and a ball. Don’t play with God.”

Sometimes as I am waking up, the Lord will put a scripture or truth in my mind for me to think about. One morning, I woke up with, “God will kill you.” That statement may sound a little disconcerting. I did not think that the Lord was going to kill me. The impression in my spirit is that God is serious about His word and He will slay ALL those who take His word lightly–me or anybody else–no matter how spiritual we seem. The scripture that He gave me to go with this truth is found in Exodus and concerns the man Moses.

In Exodus chapter 3, the angel of the LORD appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. God eventually tells Moses that He is going to send Moses to Pharaoh. The exchange between Moses and the LORD continues on into chapter 4. In chapter 4 verse 18, Moses seeks leave of his father-in-law (Jethro) to go to Egypt. Jethro gives his blessing, and Moses packs up his wife and sons. But look at verse 24. It comes on you abruptly–

Exodus 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 4:25 Then Zipporah [Moses’ wife] took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 4:26 SO HE LET HIM GO: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

When I read this the other day, I had to look at it a few times. God had just sent Moses back to Egypt to deliver the people. I tried to figure out WHY the LORD met Moses in the inn and sought to KILL him (v. 24). I kept gazing at it and considering it. Moses’ wife Zipporah obviously saw what was going on and knew why the LORD sought to kill Moses. She circumcised her son and threw the foreskin at Moses’ feet. SO THEN THE LORD LET MOSES GO. Zipporah called Moses a bloody husband.

In order to understand why God sought to slay Moses, we have to go back some 400 years before Moses. God told Abraham–

Genesis 17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

Moses knew about the Abrahamic covenant and its seal of circumcision. It is obvious that Zipporah did not like the idea of it and Moses forwent circumcising his son. But God did not forget His command that every man child be circumcised. He sought to kill a rebellious Moses in verse 24. When the command was obeyed (i.e., the child was circumcised), the LORD let Moses go. God went on to use Moses, but if that child had not been circumcised, God would have slain him like he’d slay any other rebel. He would have raised up somebody else besides Moses to go stand before Pharaoh.

Don’t think you are greater than Moses and that God somehow winks on your evil. Likewise, I also will not think that I am some special case. I am not. If the Father would bruise His only begotten, perfect, righteous, holy, beloved Son on a cross for sins don’t think He would not search out our trespasses. God will by no means clear the guilty.

************LOVE THE TRUTH************

II Thessalonians tells us why the people in these last times are DECEIVED–

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all DECEIVABLENESS of unrighteousness in them that perish; BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED.

Many people do not love the truth so unrighteousness deceives them. They will not receive the truth because it goes against their feelings and practices and traditions. They love deception more than truth–

II Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall SEND them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2:12 That they all might be damned WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, BUT HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

Oh dear, precious ones. LOVE the truth! Be not satisfied with a doctrine until you have searched the scriptures diligently FOR YOURSELF. Jesus said to the Father, “THY WORD IS TRUTH”. Love the TRUTH and search it diligently. Ask the Lord to remove any distortions from your eyes so that you can read the Bible without preconceived false notions. An example. Alberto Rivera was a Jesuit priest. He said that when he would “preach” he would read John 3:16. That verse says nothing about Mary (even in a Catholic Bible), but he would read it like this IN HIS MIND–

     For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son (and

     Mary) that whosoever believeth in [them] should not perish, but

     have everlasting life.

His distorted Catholic doctrine affected his reading just like a dispensationalist that says that I Thessalonians 5:9 teaches a pre-tribulation rapture. Dr. Rivera said that the devil does not mind you having a Bible AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT READ IT CORRECTLY. Let us ask the Lord to free us from all distortions. Jesus is the TRUTH (John 14:6) and He said that all that worship the Father must worship Him in spirit and in TRUTH–FOR THE FATHER SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. God wants TRUE worshippers. People who worship Him according to REALITY and TRUTH. Not fables and made up doctrine.


Ephesians 4:17-32

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Next time we’ll continue with other deceivers.

for Jesus’ sake,

sis. Tracy

Ezekiel 2:4, 6 “…they are impudent children and stiff-hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house”.