When expositing the sinfulness of the wicked in Psalm 36, Boice recalls Edwards’ ‘eight deceptions of the wicked’:

1. Some flatter themselves with a secret hope that there is no such thing as another world.
2. Some flatter themselves that death is a great way off.
3. Some flatter themselves that they lead moral and orderly lives and therefore think that they shall not be damned.
4. Some make the advantages under which they live an occasion of self-flattery.
5. Some flatter themselves with their own intentions.
6. There are some who flatter themselves that they do, and have done a great deal for their salvation.
7. Some hope by their strivings to obtain salvation of themselves.
8. Some sinners flatter themselves that they are already converted.

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