91 Bible Verses about Deceit

Proverbs 20:17 ESV / 169 helpful votes

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 156 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.

Psalm 101:7 ESV / 143 helpful votes

No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.

Proverbs 26:24-26 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Psalm 120:2 ESV / 99 helpful votes

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Psalm 36:3 ESV / 72 helpful votes

The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.

Romans 16:18 ESV / 71 helpful votes

For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 68 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 65 helpful votes

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Psalm 43:1 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Psalm 10:7 ESV / 45 helpful votes

His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

2 Timothy 3:12-15 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 35 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.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 33 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;

Jeremiah 9:6 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit, they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 29 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Proverbs 24:28 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 28 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

2 Timothy 3:13 ESV / 28 helpful votes

While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

1 Thessalonians 2:3 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:13 ESV / 27 helpful votes

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”

Proverbs 12:17 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:22 ESV / 26 helpful votes

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

Proverbs 14:8 ESV / 26 helpful votes

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Proverbs 12:5 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Psalm 5:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

2 Corinthians 11:13 ESV / 23 helpful votes

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

Ephesians 4:14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

2 Corinthians 4:2 ESV / 22 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.

Jeremiah 5:27 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich;

2 Thessalonians 2:10 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Job 15:35 ESV / 20 helpful votes

They conceive trouble and give birth to evil, and their womb prepares deceit.”

Matthew 5:27-28 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Obadiah 1:3-7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord. If thieves came to you, if plunderers came by night— how you have been destroyed!— would they not steal only enough for themselves? If grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings? How Esau has been pillaged, his treasures sought out! All your allies have driven you to your border; those at peace with you have deceived you; they have prevailed against you; those who eat your bread have set a trap beneath you— you have no understanding.

Proverbs 11:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.

Psalm 24:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

Job 27:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Revelation 14:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

2 John 1:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

James 3:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Jeremiah 9:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Everyone deceives his neighbor, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 14:25 ESV / 15 helpful votes

A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

Psalm 35:20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.

Psalm 32:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Ephesians 5:6 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Romans 1:29 ESV / 13 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Jeremiah 8:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return.

Jeremiah 23:26 ESV / 12 helpful votes

How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart,

Job 31:5-7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit; (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!) if my step has turned aside from the way and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has stuck to my hands,

Colossians 1:16-17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Mark 7:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

Jeremiah 9:7-9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people? Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully; with his mouth each speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he plans an ambush for him. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?

Jeremiah 5:28 ESV / 11 helpful votes

They have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

Psalm 38:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.

Mark 10:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”

Zephaniah 3:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Those who are left in Israel; they shall do no injustice and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

Jeremiah 14:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.

Psalm 119:118 ESV / 10 helpful votes

You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain.

Psalm 55:23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.

1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Isaiah 53:9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Psalm 72:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

Psalm 53:1-6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Psalm 24:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Revelation 9:21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

2 Peter 2:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

John 5:21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.

Luke 8:56 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Matthew 16:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 12:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;

Job 31:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit;

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

John 1:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Matthew 19:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

Jeremiah 37:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord, Do not deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,” for they will not go away.

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

John 1:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Habakkuk 2:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Mark 3:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.

Exodus 20:1-26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Revelation 17:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

John 1:47 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”

Hosea 11:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit, but Judah still walks with God and is faithful to the Holy One.

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