1 Thessalonians 2:3-6
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:…
"I resolve," said Bishop Beveridge, "never to speak of a man's virtues before his face; nor of his faults behind his back;" a golden rule I the observation of which would, at one stroke, banish flattery and defamation from the earth.
(Bp. Home.)Flattery is false money, which would not be current were it not for our vanity.
Parallel VersesKJV: For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
WEB: For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.