The word “lying” occurs 75 times in the Bible. The infographic below identifies the points of each occurrence. This graphic presentation starts with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 60 most compelling Bible scriptures on lying.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:4
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 4:1
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.
1 Peter 3:10
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
Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared.
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?”
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.”
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”
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.
There is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
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.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
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.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“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.”
“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”
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?
A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.
The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.
What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart.
A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues.
I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.
Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!
The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.
Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
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.
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.
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
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.
In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.
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.
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.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.