also known as: lying, dishonesy, deception

“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” —Proverbs 4:24 ESV

A lie is an intentional violation of the truth. Lies are emphatically condemned in Scripture (John 8:44; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; Rev. 21:27; Rev. 22:15).

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” —Jeremiah 17:9

The 9th commandment to the Israelites is,

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” —Exodus 20:16 NKJV

Many people are continual, habitual liars. The Book of Revelation refers to those who love to lie and practice lying (Rev. 22:14-15). The Book of Proverbs says,

“An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” —Proverbs 14:5 NIV

“…it is better to be a poor man than a liar.” —Proverbs 19:22 NASB

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

“You [God] destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.” —Psalm 5:6 ESV

Paul urged the Colossian Believers to always tell each other the truth,

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices…” —Colossians 3:9 NASB

Paul warned his friend Timothy of future deceits and lies,

“…the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron…” —1 Timothy 4:1-2 NASB

Jesus Christ said of the Devil,

“…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.” —John 8:44 NASB

Book of Revelation

Satan is called “the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). The book of Revelation also speaks of…

“…those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie…” —Revelation 3:9 NASB

The end for unrepentant liars

Scripture prophecies the end judgment for unrepentant liars who reject Christ,

“For the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” —Revelation 21:8 NASB

Lies recorded in Scripture

Truly BIG LIES, so huge that they strongly adversely affect millions or billions in our present world

(partial list, with more planned later)
  1. Man and the universe developed into existence on their own through some “scientifically” explainable processes.
  2. There is no Creator; God absolutely does not exist. He is a figment of human imagination.
  3. There is no clear evidence for a divine being, therefore no such being probably exists, although one can’t be absolutely sure. Based on everything humanity knows, it seems best to live our lives with the assumption that no god exists.
  4. If there is a Creator of some kind, this being is unknowable and clearly not involved or concerned with us—our behavior, our distress, our success or anything else. We are strictly on our own, so behave accordingly.
  5. The Earth, including every human, is merely a tiny, insignificant, meaningless speck in a vast universe governed only by time and chance.
  6. Humans are merely animals; therefore, do whatever seems best to insure your survival and your personal pleasures and success. If there is any meaning in human life, that is it.
  7. There is no ultimate right or wrong; there is no such thing as sin or God’s laws to be obeyed—these are merely concepts developed by Jews and Christians to control behavior to their liking. At most, right and wrong are fluid concepts of different societies and times. There are no true absolutes.
  8. Having casual sex with someone is no big deal.
  9. Sex = Love
  10. All too often, the 3 word claim, “I love you.”
    —falsely uttered by millions each day, consciously or unconsciously

    “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” —1 John 3:18 NASB

    See: • What is BIBLICAL LOVE? Answer • What is TRUE LOVE in a relationship? Answer

Hebrew and Greek words

Hebrew words in Scripture translated as “lie” or to be a “liar”
אכזב —transliteration: akzab
בּד —transliteration: bad
כּזב —transliteration: kazab
כּחשׁ —transliteration: kachash
שׁקר —transliteration: sheqer

Greek words
ψευδής —transliteration: pseudes (meaning: liar or false)
ψεύστης —transliteration: pseustes (meaning: liar)

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Article Version: May 10, 2019