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I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person. For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.
(Job 32:21,22) ESV 

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
(Proverbs 26:24-28) ESV 

Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.
(Proverbs 28:23) ESV 

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
(Proverbs 29:5) ESV 

These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.
(Jude 1:16) ESV 

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself.
--Elbert Hubbard – American Writer 1859-1915

Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.
--Thomas Fuller – English Clergyman 1608-1661

I can take criticisms but not compliments.
--James Taylor – American Musician Born 1948

I don't take compliments so well. I always hang my head and shuffle and kind of try to immediately forget.
--Laurie Anderson – American Musician Born 1947

I don't take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.
--James Taylor – American Musician Born 1948

I make it a rule always to believe compliments implicitly for five minutes, and to simmer gently for twenty more.
--Alice James – American Writer 1848-1892

I never get tired of hearing compliments.
--John Lithgow – American Actor Born 1945

There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.
--Chris Rock - Comedian Born 1966

We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.
--Mason Cooley – American Writer 1927-2002

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
--Oscar Wilde – Irish Dramatist 1854-1900

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
--Thomas Wolfe – American Novelist 1900-19386

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Compliments and the Bible

Compliments and flattery both involve praise and adoration. How do they differ? How does God arm us with this difference so we continue to give and receive compliments while avoiding flattery and suspicion?

Determining if adoration is the truth is a big factor in distinguishing a compliment from flattery. Paul encouraged the new Christians at Thessalonica by telling that he thanked God for them constantly. He praised them for their work of faith, labor of love and patience of hope. That was not the end to his adoration. He uplifted their spirits by pointing out that their good example had spread as widely as their faith had gone forth (I Thessalonians 1:2-10). However, Paul says, “for neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness” (I Thessalonians 2:5).

Paul did not let the possibility of flattery keep him from giving needed compliments. There are times when people need to be lifted up, and “compliments” fill the need and “complete” the person. The Thessalonians needed to be made complete with encouraging words. Paul freely gave it. He did not use empty flattery, but offered heartfelt truth.

We also need to be warned about receiving flattery. Flattery can be a trap. Wise Solomon admonishes us with this truth: “A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his steps” (Proverbs 29:5). People ingratiate others with words of flattery for one’s selfish gain. Don’t you feel good towards those who praise you? Watch out? Flattery is a cheap investment in order to reap a selfish profit later. Paul reminds us that flattering words are often a “cloak of covetousness”. The flatterer thinks, “What can I get out of you?” Such thought is followed with “I will set you up with empty praise in order to cash in later.”

We can guard ourselves from flattery when we first refuse to flatter ourselves or lie to ourselves. For example, the wicked man has no fear of God “for he flattereth himself in his own eyes that his iniquity will not be found out and be hated” (Psalms 36:2). Flattery is a lie, but it is self-deception emboldening the wicked to think they will not be held accountable for their sins.

Knowing that we are not really the brightest, cleverest, most beautiful or most handsome; we become stronger to not be set up by the flatterer who says we are! When we handle things according to “common sense”, we should not be swayed with the flattering words that we manifested “uncommon wisdom.” Flattery says more about the person offering it than the recipient. Speaking truth at a critical time is the beauty of a compliment. Being truthful with self will guard us from stepping into flattery’s trap.5


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Definition of Compliments

1. An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation.

2. A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.

3. compliments Good wishes; regards: Extend my compliments to your parents. 

tr.v. com·pli·ment·ed, com·pli·ment·ing, 

1. To pay a compliment to.

2. To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor.4     




References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
4.  The Free Dictionary -
Distinguishing between Compliments and Flattery -
6.  Brainy Quote -


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