30 Bible Verses About Lying And Deceit (Explained)

Honesty and integrity are foundational virtues in the Christian faith, while lying and deceit are condemned as destructive and sinful behaviors. Join us as we examine verses that shed light on the consequences of lying and deceit, offering wisdom and guidance for living a life of truthfulness and integrity that honors God and builds trust in relationships.

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Bible Verses About Lying And Deceit

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

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”

Proverbs 19:9 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.”

Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 – There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

Leviticus 19:11 – Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.

“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.”

Colossians 3:9 – Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.”

Proverbs 12:19 – Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”

Psalm 101:7 – No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.

“No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

Proverbs 14:25 – A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.

“A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.”

Psalm 34:13 – keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.”

Revelation 21:8 – But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Proverbs 24:28 – Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—would you use your lips to mislead?

“Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—would you use your lips to mislead?”

Psalm 119:163 – I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.

“I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.”

John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Zechariah 8:16 – These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.”

Psalm 119:29 – Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.

“Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.”

Proverbs 13:5 – The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.

“The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.”

Psalm 5:6 – You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.

“You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.”

1 Peter 3:10 – For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”

“For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”

Proverbs 21:28 – A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.

“A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.”

Psalm 119:163-164 – I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law. Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.

“I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law. Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.”

Jeremiah 9:5 – Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.

“Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.”

Psalm 58:3 – Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.

“Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.”

Colossians 3:9-10 – Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

Psalm 109:2-3 – for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.

“For people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.”

Proverbs 16:28 – A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

1 Timothy 4:1-2 – The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”

Proverbs 20:17 – Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

“Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.”

Jeremiah 23:25 – I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’

“I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!'”

James 3:14 – But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.”

Ephesians 4:14 – Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”

1 Peter 2:1 – Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Proverbs 14:8 – The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.”

2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

2 Timothy 3:13 – while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

“While evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

1 John 1:6 – If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

Proverbs 17:4 – A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

“A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.”

Isaiah 32:7 – Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.

“Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.”

1 John 2:4 – Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

“Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”

Psalm 52:3-4 – You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!

“You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!”

Revelation 22:15 – Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

Proverbs 15:4 – The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

Proverbs 10:19 – Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”

Psalm 120:2 – Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.

“Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.”

Psalm 144:8 – whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.

“Whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.”

Proverbs 14:25 – A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.

“A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.”

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