This teaching may be easily matched by parallels from heathen
literature, but we have room only for two or three
examples:--Maximus Tyrius says, "There is nothing (essentially)
decorous in truth, yea, truth is sometimes hurtful and lying
profitable." Darius is represented by Herodotus (Book iii., p.
191) as saying, "When telling falsehood is profitable, let it be
told." Menander says, "A lie is better than an annoying truth."
God utters a curse against those who remain single after they are twenty
years of age; and those who marry at sixteen please him, and those who
do so at fourteen still more.
THE TALMUD, _Kiddushin_, fol. 29, col. 2.