"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose!"

"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose!"

from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

cal. 500

The level of Shakespeare's works listed in TvF.

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!

A lesson that appearance is not essence.

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