Truth versus Lies in Proverbs

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

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

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

He who speaks truth shows forth righteousness, but a false witness deceit (Proverbs 12:17).

Honest people hate lies, but the words of wicked people are shameful and disgraceful (Proverbs 13:5).

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What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars (Proverbs 6:12).The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful (Proverbs 12:5).

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

Eliot Indian Bible
Eliot Indian Bible, 1660 - 63

Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good - only disaster (Proverbs 17:20).

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool (Proverbs 19:1).

A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed (Proverbs 19:9).

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

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

Oh, what a tangled web
we weave, when first we
practice to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832

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

If a ruler hearkens to lies, all his servants are wicked (Proverbs 29:12).

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

There are those who speak like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals. The lips of truth shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12:18 - 19).

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truly are His delight (Proverbs 12:22).

Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap (Proverbs 21:6).

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

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

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

When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; And put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for they are the bread of lies (Proverbs 23:1 - 3).

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

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

A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin (Proverbs 26:28).

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

Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar (Proverbs 30:5 - 6).

Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me . . . (Proverbs 30:7 - 8).

Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding (Proverbs 23:23).

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