the devil can cite scripture for his purpose

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The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose definition


Even things that are good in themselves (such as the Bible) can be twisted to serve bad purposes. This proverb comes from the play The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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