100 Bible Verses about Honesty

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 1,058 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:1 ESV / 577 helpful votes

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

John 8:32 ESV / 569 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 8:21 ESV / 503 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:16-20 ESV / 500 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.

1 Peter 3:10-12 ESV / 354 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.”

Philippians 4:8-9 ESV / 297 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.

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 287 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 258 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 186 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:31 ESV / 182 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:13 ESV / 179 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 178 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Hebrews 13:18 ESV / 172 helpful votes

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

Acts 24:16 ESV / 154 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:9 ESV / 153 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 137 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 131 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.

James 1:26 ESV / 128 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 116 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.

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 107 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 96 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 86 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.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 73 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:23 ESV / 69 helpful votes

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

Luke 16:10-12 ESV / 65 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. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?

1 Peter 2:12 ESV / 63 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.

2 Corinthians 4:2 ESV / 54 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.

Romans 2:21-24 ESV / 54 helpful votes

You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 52 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.

Leviticus 19:35 ESV / 49 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Psalm 24:4 ESV / 48 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.

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:25 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

2 Corinthians 7:2 ESV / 42 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.

Luke 16:10 ESV / 42 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 28:6 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Proverbs 22:1-29 ESV / 40 helpful votes

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them. ...

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 37 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Mark 10:19 ESV / 36 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.’”

Proverbs 21:3 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:8 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

2 Kings 12:15 ESV / 35 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.

Deuteronomy 25:13-16 ESV / 35 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.

Proverbs 16:11 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Ezekiel 45:10 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 31 helpful votes

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 12:17 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 33:15 ESV / 30 helpful votes

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,

Proverbs 19:11 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

John 14:6 ESV / 29 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.

Romans 15:1-2 ESV / 28 helpful votes

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Deuteronomy 16:19-20 ESV / 28 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.

James 4:11-12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 1:22-27 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. ...

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Psalm 50:16-17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:17 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:18-19 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 20 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 4:32 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Romans 14:10-12 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Luke 8:15 ESV / 20 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.

Proverbs 20:7 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:1-3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Mark 7:20-22 ESV / 19 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.

Genesis 30:33 ESV / 19 helpful votes

So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.”

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 18 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.”

1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 18 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.

Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ...

Luke 3:13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”

Proverbs 17:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 17 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.

1 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Philippians 2:2-8 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, ...

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Psalm 112:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Philippians 3:18-19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

Philippians 2:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 16 helpful votes

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

John 13:34-35 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Luke 15:11-13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.

Matthew 20:25-28 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Exodus 20:3-17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“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, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. ...

James 3:17 ESV / 15 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.

James 2:14-24 ESV / 15 helpful votes

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ...

Titus 2:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Ephesians 5:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

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