Definition of the devil can quote scripture for his purpose in US English:

the devil can quote scripture for his purpose

phrase

proverb
  • People may conceal unworthy motives by reciting words that sound morally authoritative.

    • ‘Finally you get the Devil quoting scriptures for his own purposes when he turns the story of Jacob.’
    • ‘This utterly unbelievable and untrue account of the birth of this nation gives new meaning to the saying "the devil can quote scripture for his purpose too.’