Proverbs about Truth versus Lies

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man. (3:3-4)

He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit. (12:17)

Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment. (12:19)

A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies. (14:15)

Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. (14:22)

truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous. (14:25)

By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil. (16:6)

An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. (17:4)

A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape. (19:5)

What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar. (19:22)

Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness. (20:28)

A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever. (21:28)

Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
To make you know the certainty of the words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent you? (22:21-22)

Buy truth, and do not sell itGet wisdom and instruction and understanding. (23:23)

If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. (29:14)

Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Do not add to His words
Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. (30:5-6)

“Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion.” (30:8)

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The Serpent’s Deception

When the spotlight was turned on Eve in Genesis 3, and God asked her “What is this you have done?” Eve’s response was “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

While Eve certainly does not get off the hook by simply blaming her actions on the serpent, there is indeed some truth to her statement.  Eve truly was deceived, for surely she would not have sinned if she had only known what the outcome would be.  The serpent had not been honest in his dealings with Eve.  He had emphasized what was desirable about the fruit while leaving out that part about getting kicked out of the garden, into a world of painful childbirth and backbreaking labor.

In John 8:44, Jesus describes that serpent like this:

“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

  • The simple fact of the matter is that any and every time you and I are tempted to sin, we are at risk of being deceived.
  • He will deceive us by hiding from our hearts the truth about the ripple effects that our sin could have months or years from now on those that we love.
  • He will deceive us by emphasizing to us the short term gratification we can experience while hiding the long term costs.
  • He will deceive us by denying that the behavior in question is even sinful in the first place.
  • He will deceive us by telling us that no one can see what we are doing, as if God Himself could not see, or as if that fact made our actions less somehow less sinful.
  • He will deceive us by telling us that some particular sin is necessary to make us more relatable to the world so that we can witness to worldly people.
  • He will deceive us by not really telling us anything but simply distracting us from the whole internal debate by some distraction such as mealtime or television.
  • He will deceive us by encouraging us to place all of the blame onto someone else who “made us do it.”
  • He will deceive us in many other ways.  As diverse as our situations and personalities are, so diverse are his techniques.

But remember this my friends, temptation places us in danger of deception!  Deception leads us to make decisions that we would not make if we were thinking clearly.  In times of temptation, “trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)”  When our hearts or minds suffer from temporary impairment from temptation, may we rely on God’s unchanging and eternal words of truth.  When the deceptiveness of the temptation passes, we will be glad that we did.

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