We’ve all sinned. On accepting Jesus and asking for forgiveness, he washes us clean and receives us into his fold. Then after, we must continue in the commandments of God.
One common way we can go against God’s commandment is telling lies. If we tell lies to those around us (notwithstanding the reason for doing so), we are going against the commandment of God.
Studies show that about sixty percent of adults cannot have a ten minutes conversation without telling a lie. Even worse, ninety percent of children will have developed the concept of Lying by the age of four.
So, Is lying acceptable in the eyes of God? What are the consequences of lying? Are there bible verses about lying and deceit to admonish us?
Here’s the truth; God detests lying so much (whether you are lying to yourself or others). In fact, its 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.
What does Lying mean?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Lying as
marked by or containing untrue statements
This means anything you say with an intentionally false statement is a lie. Other words that are synonymous with lying are Untruth, falsehood, fabrication, deception, and fib.
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. They received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost which made then do great things.
All Christians at that time contributed to help 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 his/her needs.
Ananias and Saphira are also one 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 an abominable thing to do. 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
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 lead by the Holy Spirit. If we are lead by God, we must never tell lies to one another. Read and be blessed.
1. Leviticus 19:11 (Thou shall not lie bible verse)
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 Do not 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, you must tell the truth at all times.
2. Proverbs 6:16-19 – God hates a lying tongue
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 in 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, and if we sin, we will not enter God’s kingdom.
The Lord detests lying lips,but he delights in people who are trustworthy. Proverbs 12:22
3. Proverbs 19:9
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 it 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 instructions. God frowns at not being honest to everyone around us. If we tell lies against our friends, Solomon is saying; we will not go unpunished.
4. Colossians 3:9-10 – Do not lie to one another
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. On accepting Jesus, you become a new creature. Being a new creation means you now forget your old ways and cling into righteousness.
As a new man in Christ, you must run away from all tricks of the devil – Fornication, adultery, stealing, murder, and drunkenness. Also, you must stop telling lies.
Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, is saying that if we continue to tell lies to our neighbors, then 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
5. John 8:44 – Devil is the father of lies
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 were pronounced upon men. God is merciful, 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
Thou Shalt Not Lie Bible Verses
6. Ephesians 4:25
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
7. Zephaniah 3:13
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.
8. Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9. Matthew 15:18-20
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man
10. 1 Timothy 1:9-10
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine
11. Zechariah 8:16
These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
12. John 8:31-32
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free