Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God.
How to paraphrase this sentence?
Does "without intending it" mean "without thinking of it" and what does "it" refer to?
I found a sentence from the Bible "For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform", I'm not sure if "it" refers to evil/devil.
"serve the state with...",does it mean "use...to serve the state"?