What does the Book of Proverbs say
about Truth versus Lies?

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10 You will become wise, and your knowledge will give you pleasure. 11 Your insight and understanding will protect you 12 and prevent you from doing the wrong thing.
Proverbs 2

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart - Proverbs 3:3

12 What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars
Prov. 6:12, NLT

1 Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! 6 Everything I say is right, 7 for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. - Prov. 8:1, 6-7, NLT

5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. - Proverbs 12:5

Wit and Wisdom from the World
Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't.

17 When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice. 20 Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness. 22 The Lord hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word.
Prov. 12

5 Honest people hate lies, but the words of wicked people are shameful and disgraceful. - Prov. 13:5

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5 A reliable witness always tells the truth, but an unreliable one tells nothing but lies.
Proverbs 14:5

25 A witness saves lives when he tells the truth; when he tells lies, he betrays people.
Prov. 14:25

4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit.
Prov. 15:4

20 Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good — only disaster.
Prov. 17:20

1 Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed. Prov. 19

22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
Prov. 19:22

28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, and the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
Prov. 19:28

Wit and Wisdom from the World
When everyone is against you, it means that you
are absolutely wrong - or absolutely right.
Albert Guinon, 1863-1923

17 What you get by dishonesty you may enjoy like the finest food, but sooner or later it will be like a mouthful of sand..
Prov. 20:17

6 Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.
Prov. 21:6, NLT

28 A false witness will perish, but the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
Prov. 21:28

20 Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, 21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer him who sent you? - Prov. 22:20-21

23 Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Prov. 23:23

18 A false accusation is as deadly as a sword, a club, or a sharp arrow.
Prov. 25:18

24 He who hates disguises it with his lips, but he lays up deceit in his heart. 25 When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Though his hatred covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. - Proverbs 26:24-26

28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.
Prov. 26:28, NLT

13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. - Proverbs 28:13

5 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. 7 Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep deception and lies far from me - Proverbs 30:5-8

Wit and Wisdom from the World
Our enemies' opinion of us comes
closer to the truth than our own.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680
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