The act of telling falsehoods as truth. Israel is exhorted against using God’s name for false oaths and lying on the witness stand in the Ten Commandments (Exod 20:7
; Exod 20:16
; Deut 5:11
; Deut 5:20
). Witnesses who testify falsely will receive the punishment that would have been meted out to their accused (Deut 19:15-21
). Indeed, all falsehoods are prohibited by the Torah (Exod 23:7
; Lev 19:11
). Persons who lie, and thereby defraud their neighbor, must pay restitution for the property loss plus a fine to the owner, and they must also bring a sacrificial offering before they are forgiven by God (Lev 6:1-7
). Lying is thus an abomination to God (Prov 12:22
; Ps 119:163
), for God never lies (Num 23:19
; 1Sam 15:29
). False prophets are singled out for particular condemnation (Isa 9:15
; Jer 23:9-32
; Ezek 13
), since their lies may influence the people to oppose God’s will. The penalty for false prophecy is death (Deut 18:20-22
; Jer 28
). Likewise, in the NT, the “father of lies” is the devil (John 8:44
), and Paul condemns those who worship idols because they have exchanged the truth about God for a lie (Rom 1:25
7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
11You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
20Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.
Law concerning Witnesses
15A single witness shall not suffice to convict a person of any crime or wrongdoing in connection with any offense that may be committe ... View more
7Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and those in the right, for I will not acquit the guilty.
11You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another.
1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2When any of you sin and commit a trespass against the Lord by deceiving a neighbor in a matter of a deposit or a pledge, or b ... View more
22Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.
163I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love your law.
19God is not a human being, that he should lie,
or a mortal, that he should change his mind.
Has he promised, and will he not do it?
Has he spoken, and will he ... View more
29Moreover the Glory of Israel will not recant or change his mind; for he is not a mortal, that he should change his mind.”
15elders and dignitaries are the head,
and prophets who teach lies are the tail;
False Prophets of Hope Denounced
9Concerning the prophets:
My heart is crushed within me,
all my bones shake;
I have become like a drunkard,
like one overcome b ... View more
False Prophets Condemned
1The word of the Lord came to me:2Mortal, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are prophesying; say to those who prophesy out of ... View more
20But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet s ... View more
Hananiah Opposes Jeremiah and Dies
1In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the proph ... View more
44You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because ... View more
25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.