Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet…
Nothing tends more to remove the just distinctions of virtue and vice, or to blend the nature of good and evil, than the giving plausible and specious names to what are really great and substantial crimes.
1. The boldest attacks of infidelity are often couched under the plausible name of "a spirit of free inquiry."
2. An indifference to all religious worship is often concealed under the specious term of "a truly religious spirit of universal toleration."
3. The duel is converted into an "honourable deed."
4. Shameless and lawless adultery is denominated gallantry.
5. Is not a certain profusion and expense, which causes a breach of common justice in squandering what men are not able to pay, often described as an enlarged and generous mode of living?
6. If the libertine who indulges in every sensual appetite without control, happen to possess a certain share of vivacity and good humour, or be a man of boundless profusion and indiscriminate liberality, his vices are swallowed up in the sup. posed good qualities of his heart; and the worst title perhaps that is bestowed on his worst actions, is that of a thoughtless ease and good nature, which is too apt to be led astray by the example and vices of others.
(C. Moore, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!