‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart 1 is far from me,
“Their throats are open graves, 1 they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” 2
It is written in the law: “By people with strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, yet not even in this way will they listen to me,” 1 says the Lord.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging his name.
For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 1 his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.
He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart 1 is far from me.
So in fact children 1 were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand 2 on the seashore. 3