100 Bible Verses about Being Honest

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 124 helpful votes

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

John 8:32 ESV / 60 helpful votes

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 54 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Luke 16:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 33 helpful votes

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.

2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV / 32 helpful votes

For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

Proverbs 16:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

1 John 3:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Proverbs 10:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

John 8:31-32 ESV / 19 helpful votes

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Peter 1:1-25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ...

Acts 24:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes

So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

1 Peter 3:10-12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Proverbs 21:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Proverbs 6:16-20 ESV / 16 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

Luke 6:31 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Proverbs 16:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Philippians 4:8-9 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Proverbs 12:17 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

Proverbs 20:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

2 Kings 12:15 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And they did not ask an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly.

Leviticus 19:35 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Proverbs 28:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

Proverbs 21:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Proverbs 20:23 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord, and false scales are not good.

Proverbs 16:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work.

1 Peter 2:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Hebrews 13:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

2 Corinthians 7:2 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.

1 Kings 9:4-5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Romans 12:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

Daniel 6:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Psalm 112:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

Leviticus 25:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And if you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.

1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

James 1:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Ezekiel 45:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“You shall have just balances, a just ephah, and a just bath.

Proverbs 28:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Job 2:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”

1 Chronicles 29:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Hebrews 6:18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Titus 1:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

2 Corinthians 4:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.

Luke 8:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Zechariah 8:16-17 ESV / 7 helpful votes

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord.”

Proverbs 24:26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

Proverbs 12:13-14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

Proverbs 4:23-27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 2:20-21 ESV / 7 helpful votes

So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

Psalm 101:1-2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;

Psalm 41:11-13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.

Psalm 15:1-2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

Job 27:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

My lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.

2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

Deuteronomy 25:15-16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 25:13-16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 25:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small.

Deuteronomy 16:19-20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Leviticus 19:35-36 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Exodus 20:15-16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“You shall not steal. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Genesis 20:5-6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.

1 John 3:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

1 Thessalonians 2:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive,

John 14:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 5:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Psalm 33:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.

James 3:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

2 Kings 23:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes who were in the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

Exodus 18:21 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

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