What does the Bible say about Lying?

The Bible tells us we shouldn’t lie.  

Ephesians 4:25 says, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”   

Being honest is essential in any relationship, and the Bible says we are to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15). There is such a thing as being brutally honest, and it is often done without love. If a wife may ask her husband how he likes her new hairdo, and his reply is, “That’s the ugliest hairdo I’ve ever seen,” then he’s not acting in love. He my say, “Well I’m just being honest” but really he’s just giving his opinion in an unloving and unproductive way.  

When it comes to the real issues of life, Christians are to be honest and speak the truth to each other with love. The Bible says we are to speak the truth: 

  • That leads to godly conduct (Titus 1:1). 
  • With godly wisdom (1 Cor. 2:13). 
  • And not lie to each other (Col 3:9). 

Lying about someone else can be especially harmful. The ninth commandment says “You must not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exod. 20:16). Throughout history, lying has ruined reputations, damaged relationships, and even sent innocent people to prison.  

The Bible says that “Lying lips are an abomination to Yahweh, but those who deal faithfully are his delight.” (Prov. 12:22). That means we should always do our best to be honest. It takes both godly love, character, and wisdom to be truthful. The Bible says to “Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding” (Prov. 23:23). Honesty takes discipline because our sinful nature tempts us to lie at times, but we should always ask God for forgiveness when we do (1 John 1:9), and then continue to speak the truth in love. 

For more information about what the Bible says about lying, see the links below. 

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  1. In Nazi Germany there were people who would protect or hide Jews from the SS and tell them “They’re not here,” or, “They left town,” when in fact, they were hiding in the attic.
    This was a lie, but was it wrong?

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