100 Bible Verses about Telling Lies

John 8:44 ESV / 156 helpful votes

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 153 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 John 2:4 ESV / 132 helpful votes

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 58 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?

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 52 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.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 52 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 50 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.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 49 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 44 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

2 Peter 2:9 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

Matthew 19:18 ESV / 40 helpful votes

He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Revelation 21:27 ESV / 35 helpful votes

But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:9 ESV / 33 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 6:18 ESV / 33 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.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 33 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.

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

John 14:6 ESV / 30 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.

Proverbs 26:23-28 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. 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. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. ...

Titus 1:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Psalm 119:163 ESV / 27 helpful votes

I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Psalm 5:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

Mark 9:43 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 23 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.

Matthew 24:1-51 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. ...

Zechariah 8:16 ESV / 23 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;

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 23 helpful votes

A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 19:22 ESV / 23 helpful votes

What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Psalm 101:7 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 2:14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:28 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 19 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;

1 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

Proverbs 14:25 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Psalm 119:29 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!

Psalm 58:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Romans 13:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

Revelation 12:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Revelation 2:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.

Proverbs 21:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 15 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.

Nahum 3:1 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder— no end to the prey!

Jeremiah 23:32 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord.

Proverbs 26:18-19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

Genesis 3:4 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

Acts 5:3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

Acts 5:1-11 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. ...

John 1:14 ESV / 14 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.

Psalm 55:23 ESV / 14 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.

Deuteronomy 5:20 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“‘And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:18 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Zephaniah 3:13 ESV / 13 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.”

Proverbs 12:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Romans 10:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 3:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Proverbs 6:16-17 ESV / 12 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,

Leviticus 19:11-12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

John 3:16-17 ESV / 11 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.

Psalm 15:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

Genesis 20:1-18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife.” Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? 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.” ...

Revelation 13:1-18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. ...

2 Timothy 3:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Jeremiah 5:30-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:14-15 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Jude 1:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

1 John 4:20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 John 2:27 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

1 John 2:22 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

James 3:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

Matthew 17:1-9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” ...

Matthew 15:18-20 ESV / 9 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. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Hosea 4:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

There is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Isaiah 32:7 ESV / 9 helpful votes

As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil; he plans wicked schemes to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right.

Proverbs 17:7 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:5-28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them. The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand. A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised. Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread. ...

Psalm 119:69 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;

Psalm 109:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues.

Psalm 59:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter,

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