100 Bible Verses about Lying

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 1,539 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.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 1,454 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 1,321 helpful votes

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

Psalm 101:7 ESV / 1,005 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 790 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.

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 775 helpful votes

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

Luke 8:17 ESV / 664 helpful votes

For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 536 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 8:44 ESV / 530 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.

1 John 2:4 ESV / 526 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 512 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 459 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 19:5 ESV / 416 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:9 ESV / 384 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 364 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:28 ESV / 361 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:18-20 ESV / 306 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.”

Proverbs 21:6 ESV / 301 helpful votes

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

Psalm 58:3 ESV / 283 helpful votes

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

James 3:14 ESV / 277 helpful votes

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

Psalm 109:2 ESV / 248 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 247 helpful votes

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

John 8:32 ESV / 245 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:18-19 ESV / 242 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:17-21 ESV / 239 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.

John 8:43-47 ESV / 233 helpful votes

Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 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. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Proverbs 13:5 ESV / 232 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 207 helpful votes

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

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 205 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?

James 1:26 ESV / 196 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 190 helpful votes

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

Revelation 21:7-8 ESV / 186 helpful votes

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 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 4:1 ESV / 180 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.

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 169 helpful votes

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Titus 1:2 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:163 ESV / 145 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 144 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Proverbs 12:5 ESV / 138 helpful votes

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

Luke 16:10 ESV / 128 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.

1 Kings 22:21-23 ESV / 127 helpful votes

Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ Now therefore behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the Lord has declared disaster for you.”

Luke 8:15 ESV / 119 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.

Zephaniah 3:13 ESV / 118 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 17:7 ESV / 117 helpful votes

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

2 Chronicles 18:20-22 ESV / 115 helpful votes

Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ Now therefore behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. The Lord has declared disaster concerning you.”

Proverbs 19:22 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:25 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

Hosea 4:2 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:12-13 ESV / 111 helpful votes

What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Hebrews 6:18 ESV / 110 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.

Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV / 107 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 102 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 23:32 ESV / 101 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.

Genesis 3:4 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Psalm 5:6 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Romans 10:9 ESV / 93 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.

Psalm 119:29 ESV / 92 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:24 ESV / 91 helpful votes

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

Psalm 119:69 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

John 3:16-21 ESV / 87 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. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. ...

Isaiah 32:7 ESV / 87 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.

2 Chronicles 18:19-22 ESV / 86 helpful votes

And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab the king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ Now therefore behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. The Lord has declared disaster concerning you.”

Psalm 120:2 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

John 14:6 ESV / 82 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.

Matthew 5:11 ESV / 81 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 80 helpful votes

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

Psalm 59:12 ESV / 80 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,

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 75 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Acts 5:3 ESV / 73 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?

1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Romans 16:17-18 ESV / 72 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 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.

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 71 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 8:16 ESV / 70 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;

James 5:12 ESV / 69 helpful votes

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Matthew 7:15 ESV / 69 helpful votes

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Proverbs 20:17 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Revelation 21:27 ESV / 66 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.

Leviticus 6:1-7 ESV / 66 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby— if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. ...

Revelation 2:2 ESV / 65 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.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Nahum 3:1 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Micah 6:12 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Joshua 2:4-6 ESV / 63 helpful votes

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.

Deuteronomy 5:20 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 19:11-12 ESV / 63 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.

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 59 helpful votes

The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

Matthew 7:1-2 ESV / 57 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 56 helpful votes

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

Psalm 44:21 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.

Ezekiel 13:19 ESV / 51 helpful votes

You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, putting to death souls who should not die and keeping alive souls who should not live, by your lying to my people, who listen to lies.

Exodus 22:7-10 ESV / 51 helpful votes

“If a man gives to his neighbor money or goods to keep safe, and it is stolen from the man's house, then, if the thief is found, he shall pay double. If the thief is not found, the owner of the house shall come near to God to show whether or not he has put his hand to his neighbor's property. For every breach of trust, whether it is for an ox, for a donkey, for a sheep, for a cloak, or for any kind of lost thing, of which one says, ‘This is it,’ the case of both parties shall come before God. The one whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor. “If a man gives to his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep safe, and it dies or is injured or is driven away, without anyone seeing it,

2 Peter 2:15 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing,

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 49 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 55:23 ESV / 49 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.

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 48 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. ...

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