Lying is sadly one thing that a lot of people struggle with. Most often than not, people find themselves in situations where they lie. Now a lie is a lie, no matter your reason for telling the lie.
Whether you did it to protect someone or to protect yourself, even if you think you are lying to someone to protect them, it is still a lie and the word of God speaks strongly against lying that it is even one of the ten commandments.
When you lie to people, friends, family, colleagues – it never ends good and people end up hurt when they finally learn the truth. Lying destroys friendships and relationships.
When someone finally figures out that you lied to them, they lose their trust in you because they feel betrayed. The reason you tell a lie doesn’t matter once the trust is broken.
And another thing is that lying can be so draining as you have to come up with more lies to cover up your lies and you also have to remember the lie you told exactly the way you said it. So it is best to save yourself the trouble and just be honest.
See below for more bible verses about lying, to help you understand what the bible says about lying and how you can overcome the urge to lie to your friends and family.
Bible verses about lying
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them, says the Lord.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine.
1 Timothy 1:9-10
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.
You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor. You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue! Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.
But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.
As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter, as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies. I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him. By what means?’ the Lord asked. I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it. So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.
2 Chronicles 18:20-22
Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist denying the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:22
You destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
1 John 4:20
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
1 John 2:4
Then I said to the priests and all these people, “This is what the Lord says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles from the Lord’s house will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying lies to you.
Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.