100 Bible Verses about Telling Lies

John 8:44 ESV / 193 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 / 171 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 / 139 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 92 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 84 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.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 71 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 68 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?

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 66 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 59 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.

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 55 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 / 53 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 52 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; ...

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

2 Peter 2:9 ESV / 48 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,

Hebrews 6:18 ESV / 46 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.

Matthew 19:18 ESV / 45 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,

Psalm 119:163 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:9 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Revelation 21:27 ESV / 43 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.

Titus 1:2 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 40 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.

John 14:6 ESV / 40 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.

Psalm 5:6 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Psalm 101:7 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 8:16 ESV / 34 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 / 34 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:23-28 ESV / 34 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. ...

2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:22 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:25 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 32 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;

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

Mark 9:43 ESV / 30 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.

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 2:14 ESV / 28 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,

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Matthew 24:1-51 ESV / 28 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. ...

Proverbs 13:5 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:28 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Acts 5:3 ESV / 26 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?

Psalm 119:29 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Psalm 58:3 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Genesis 3:4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Nahum 3:1 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:18-19 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Revelation 2:2 ESV / 23 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.

Romans 13:9 ESV / 23 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 55:23 ESV / 23 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 / 23 helpful votes

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

Revelation 12:9 ESV / 22 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.

Jeremiah 23:32 ESV / 22 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 17:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Acts 5:1-11 ESV / 21 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. ...

Zephaniah 3:13 ESV / 21 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.”

Leviticus 19:11-12 ESV / 21 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.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 20 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 8:7 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Psalm 15:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:4 ESV / 19 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.”

John 1:14 ESV / 19 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.

Proverbs 12:5 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:16-17 ESV / 19 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,

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

James 3:14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:18-20 ESV / 16 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.”

Psalm 34:12-13 ESV / 16 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.

Genesis 20:1-18 ESV / 16 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.” ...

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:69 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:14-15 ESV / 14 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 / 14 helpful votes

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

1 John 2:21 ESV / 14 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.

Matthew 18:18 ESV / 14 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.

Zechariah 10:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.

Hosea 4:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 120:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 109:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 59:12 ESV / 14 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,

Romans 10:9 ESV / 13 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.

Isaiah 32:7 ESV / 13 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.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:25 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

John 17:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 12 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 5:11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

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