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Beware of practicing piety to please the crowd.
Helping others in need is not a show.
Truly, hypocrites are honored in public life.
They have their reward on earth, but not in heaven.
Give alms in secret, out of the public eye.
Only your Father in secret needs to know.
Whenever you pray, leave the crowd behind.
Go quietly to your room and shut the door.
Turn your thoughts to God, who listens in secret.
He knows your every need before you ask.
Your fame will fade to black when the crowd is gone.
Give the glory to God and you shall live.
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