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Thou Shalt Not Lie: 14 Bible verses about lying and deceit

60% of people can’t go 10 minutes without lying.

At least, that is what studies have shown.

Not just adults, but research also shows kids start lying by the age of Four.

If that’s the case, it means we’ve all told a lie at one point in our lives.

I have told my dad, mum, and friends terrible lies in the past.

Recently, I lied to an ex-girlfriend that my wife was always home.

My intentions were right – I didn’t want to cheat on my wife.

And it seemed she was going to come to see me anyways.

But I never wanted to meet her, knowing her motives.

So, I looked for an excuse and lied.

But that’s wrong. I should know better and be bold enough to tell the truth.

God detests lying so much (whether you lie to yourself or others).

In fact, it is the ninth commandment given to Moses.

God says Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor (Exodus 20:16).

In other words, Thou shall not lie to one another.

I read through bible verses about lying, which was really inspiring, and decided to share it with you.

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Bible verses about Lying and deceit

Bible verses about Lying and deceit

There are other Bible verses about telling lies and the resultant consequences. God hates it when we deceive our friends and neighbors.

He wants us to be led by the Holy Spirit. If we good Christians, we must never tell lies to one another. Read and be blessed.

Leviticus 19:11 (Thou shall not lie bible verse)

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.

The ten commandments and other laws were given to Moses By God.

Through these rules, the Israelites learned how to fear God. One of those laws is not To lie or deceive one another.

God hates when we lie to one another.

He wants us always to tell the truth and be honest.

Therefore, no matter the circumstances you find yourself in, you must always tell the truth.

Proverbs 6:16-19 – God hates a lying tongue.

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

This is King Solomon speaking. He was the wisest and richest king of his time. He said there are six things God hates. The English dictionary defines hate as an intense dislike for something. This means when we lie, God is seriously angry with us.

A lying tongue or bearing false witness against your friend or neighbor is an abomination before God. Therefore, we must resist the temptation to tell lies. Telling lies makes us sin; we will not enter God’s kingdom if we sin.

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. Proverbs 12:22

Another way to put it is that our connection with God is broken when we lie to one another.

When we make promises, we know we will not be fulfilled or say untrue words; we have broken our connections with God.

God wants us to be trustworthy people.

If we learn to stop lying and always tell the truth, God is delighted in us.

Proverbs 19:9

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

There are different reasons we tell lies. Sometimes we tell lies because we wish they were the truth. At other times we tell lies to our friends because we feel the lie does not matter.

If you tell lies, you are already going against God’s instructions. God frowns at not being honest with everyone around us.

Here the bible is reminding us that every one of our actions matters.

Every word we say to people or God matters a lot.

And every promise we make to others matters too.

If we keep lying, God will hold us accountable for our lying lips.

He will judge us and punish us accordingly.

This is why we must pray to overcome all forms of the lying spirit of the devil.

The devil is the father of lies and tries to deceive many people.

He teaches us to lie because he understands that God will punish us when we do.

So, stay away from spreading false rumors or telling lies. God will never let such actions go unpunished.

Colossians 3:9-10 – Do not lie to one another

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him

Through the grace and love of Jesus Christ, we’ve all been called to know him.

By accepting Jesus, you become a new creature. Being a new creation means you forget your old ways and cling to righteousness.

As a new man in Christ, you must run away from all tricks of the devil – Fornication, adultery, stealing, murder, and drunkenness. Also, it would be best if you stopped telling lies.

Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, says that if we continue to tell lies to our neighbors, we are still living the old life.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  Romans 6:6

So in simple terms, what makes us different if we keep lying to one another?

What makes us Christians when we haven’t put our former way of life behind us?

If we still tell lies, we haven’t completely transformed from bad to good, and the devil is still in control of our lives.

If we must break free from the devil’s shackles, we must resist the devil and stop lying.

Only then can we be confident that we are true sons and daughters of God.

John 8:44 – Devil is the father of lies

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Through lies, sin entered this world. The devil deceived the woman, and death was pronounced upon men. God is merciful and sent his only son to die for our sins. Yet, he was still tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11)

The devil is the father of lies. He tempts us daily with things that we desire to have. The devil says in our hearts that you will not die if you sin. He lets us accept sin as a part of our lives. The truth is not in the devil. He only knows lies.

Therefore, if we lie, we are not of God. God can never lie to us.

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie Hebrews 6:18.

And so, because God detests lying, he distances himself from those who lie effortlessly.

He is far from them because their hearts are full of evil.

I have seen people lie to put other people’s lives at risk.

I have seen people lie because they want to bring another person’s business down.

I have seen people lie because they intend to humiliate another person.

Will God allow us to hurt people feeling and go scot-free?

Will he accept the wickedness of man and not do anything?

God will judge liars and will punish them if they do not repent.

So, if you have a habit of lying, now is the time to pray and ask for forgiveness.

God is ready to wash you clean if you accept your iniquities and turn over a new leaf.

God is ready to cleanse you from all unrighteousness of the devil.

Just kneel and pray and turn from your evil ways and God will give you a second chance.

Hebrews 6:18.

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie

This is another bible verse about lying that should inspire us.

If God cannot lie, then why lie?

If God cannot sin, then why sin ourselves?

God is a perfect being in heaven, and he wishes we emulate everything about him.

We are Christian because our life resembles that of Christ.

If christ didn’t lie, then we must never lie.

If christ didn’t sin, then we must strive never to fall into sin.

I understand that it is impossible to say that we cannot sin.

We face numerous temptations daily and may fall to the devil’s temptations.

But we must pick ourselves up and ask for repentance when w sin.

We must ask for a second chance and never continue on the path of destruction.

Christ said, ” be ye perfect as your father in heaven is perfect.”

Christ knew we were mortal and had flesh, blood, and bones.

He knew we might fall to the devil’s temptations yet wanted us to be perfect.

So, put in the effort to stop lying and always strive to live a perfect life.

God will help you as you focus more on him and not on earthly things.


Thou Shalt Not Lie Bible Verses

Thou Shalt Not Lie


Ephesians 4:25

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Here is another bible verse about lying.

As Christians, we must put away all forms of lying and strive to live sinless lives.

We must understand the trick of the devil and always resist him.

And most importantly, we must always be confident, to tell the truth, not minding the repercussions that may follow.

I have seen people who stood by their word and were saved.

So, always tell the truth and never lie to your friends or family.

Zephaniah 3:13

Thou Shalt Not Lie 12 Bible verses about lying and deceit (14)

The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

This is another bible verse about deceit and lying.

There are blessings attached to keeping God’s commandments.

God will not leave or abandon us if we must make considerable sacrifices, to tell the truth against all odds.

He will not let us be killed for speaking the truth.

He will not let us suffer for standing up for the truth.

So, do not be afraid or panic about revealing the truth.

God will never leave you in such moments.

Proverbs 12:22

Revelation 21:8

Matthew 15:18-20

1 Timothy 1:9-10

Zechariah 8:16

John 8:31-32


What does the bible say about Lying and deceit?

What does the bible say about Lying and deceit

There are many examples of lying in the bible. The story of Ananias and Saphira is there for our lessons.

In those days, after the death of Christ, The apostle of Jesus continued to preach the gospel of salvation. Finally, they received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, which made them do great things.

All Christians at that time contributed to helping the poor in the church. Even Barnabas, who belonged to the Levite tribe of Israel, sold his land and donated the money to the apostles for distribution to the poor according to their needs.

Ananias and Saphira are also some of the early Christians in those days. They sold their possessions and presented only a portion to the apostles. This angered Peter because he knew Ananias was lying to God. He said,

Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Acts 5:3-4

Peter was astonished at Anania’s hypocrisy. He wanted to deceive Peter, but through the power of the holy spirit, he knew he was lying.

Peter did not force any of them to sell their possessions. But lying to God and the Holy Spirit, which lives in them, was dreadful. So just after speaking to Ananias, God sentenced Ananias to death.

And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.  Acts 5:5

Likewise, the wife, who came three hours later, was sentenced to death by God.

Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.  Acts 5:9-10

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Bryan Coleman

Thursday 12th of May 2022

I am seeing a lot of lying and deceit and false truths with our past administration, the Trump administration. To this day, they still lie about the 2020 election, their involvement with it, and the fraud, which never existed, that they continue to scream about. I am deeply concerned about our elected officials, mostly, it seems are of Republican affiliation, in both the congress and the senate.

I am a very religious person who loves God and have been saved since I was seven years old. I am very worried about our, (USA) future, the world, and the universe. I have and will always continue to pray for our future and God's guidance in these troubling times.

Sincerely, Bryan


Saturday 17th of September 2022

@Bryan Coleman,

I agree, and there has been many professed Christians who supports leaders who lie and spread conspiracy theories. How sad.


Friday 17th of June 2022

@Bryan Coleman, just wondering what you think of how some of the Jews lives were saved because the ppl that were hiding them lied. David lied in the Bible. I know it doesn’t make it right but lives were saved because of lies. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. Thanks!

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