God’s thoughts on lying and truthfulness

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Proverbs 12:17–22

17    He who speaks truth declares righteousness,

But a false witness, deceit.

18    There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,

But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

19    The truthful lip shall be established forever,

But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20    Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,

But counselors of peace have joy.

21    No grave trouble will overtake the righteous,

But the wicked shall be filled with evil.

22    Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,

But those who deal truthfully are His delight.


One of the Ten Commandments states: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Jesus said that He was the “way the truth and the life.” In other words, Jesus is the personification of truth; everything He said was truth in every way. The word of God is established in the truth of God. We believe every word of God because it came from Him who is Truth. Truth is so much a part of who God is that He expects His people to speak always with truth.

In this section we read that those who speak truth declare righteousness, bring conviction, their words are established forever, they have joy, they avoid trouble, and are God’s delight. Truthful speech is very important to God and therefore must be important to us. We also see that truth and wisdom walk together.

In light of this teaching, how much falsehood, how many lies or grey areas should we tolerate from our own lips? We are all tempted to shade the truth, exaggerate the truth, or downright lie against the truth on a regular basis. Making these teachings a part of the fabric of our thinking will cause us to live away from sin and closer to God’s wisdom every day.


Remember to pray for our students as they come near the end of their school years. Tests and projects and performances are all a part of the process and from them our students become more prepared for life. Nonetheless, they are under a stress that they must learn to turn more and more to the Lord instead of internalizing and getting frustrated. Keep them all in your prayers.

Have a great day in the Lord,




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