What Does The Bible Say About Deceitfulness?

What Does The Bible Say About Deceitfulness?

Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims

Leviticus 19:11 – You shall not steal. You shall not lie, neither shall any man deceive his neighbour.

Psalms 5:7 – Thou hatest all the workers of iniquity: Thou wilt destroy all that speak a lie. The bloody and the deceitful man the Lord will abhor.

Psalms 11:4 – May the Lord destroy all deceitful lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things.

Psalms 27:3 –  Draw me not away together with the wicked; and with the workers of iniquity destroy me not: Who speak peace with their neighbour, but evils are in their hearts.

Psalms 30:19 –  Let deceitful lips be made dumb. Which speak iniquity against the just, with pride and abuse.

Psalms 54:24 – But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee, O Lord.

Psalms 119:2-3 – O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue. What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to a deceitful tongue?

Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the Lord hateth evil: I hate arrogance, and pride, and every wicked way, and a mouth with a double tongue.

Proverbs 11:9 –  The dissembler with his mouth deceiveth his friend: but the just shall be delivered by knowledge.

Proverbs 12:27 – The deceitful man shall not find gain: but the substance of a just man shall be precious gold.

Proverbs 13:13 – Whosoever speaketh ill of any thing, bindeth himself for the time to come: but he that feareth the commandment, shall dwell in peace. Deceitful souls go astray in sins: the just are merciful, and shew mercy.

Proverbs 14:15 – The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

Proverbs 24:28 – Be not witness without cause against thy neighbour: and deceive not any man with thy lips.

Proverbs 26:18-19 – As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death: So is the man that hurteth his friend deceitfully: and when he is taken, saith: I did it in jest.

Proverbs 26:26 – He that covereth hatred deceitfully, his malice shall be laid open in the public assembly.

Proverbs 26:28 – A deceitful tongue loveth not truth: and a slippery mouth worketh ruin.

Proverbs 27:6 – Better are the wounds of a friend, than the deceitful kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 28:10 – He that deceiveth the just in a wicked way, shall fall in his own destruction: and the upright shall possess his goods.

Ecclesiasticus 11:34 – Of one spark cometh a great fire, and of one deceitful man much blood: and a sinful man lieth in wait for blood.

Ecclesiasticus 27:28 – If one cast a stone on high, it will fall upon his own head: and the deceitful stroke will wound the deceitful.

Ecclesiasticus 32:19-He that seeketh the law, shall be filled with it: and he that dealeth deceitfully, shall meet with a stumblingblock therein.

Ecclesiasticus 41: 19-24 – Wherefore have a shame of these things I am now going to speak of. For it is not good to keep all shamefacedness: and all things do not please all men in opinion. Be ashamed of fornication before father and mother: and of a lie before a governor and a man in power: Of an offence before a prince, and a judge: of iniquity before a congregation and a people: Of injustice before a companion and friend: and in regard to the place where thou dwellest, Of theft, and of the truth of God, and the covenant: of leaning with thy elbow over meat, and of deceit in giving and taking:

Isaiah 32:7 – The vessels of the deceitful are most wicked: for he hath framed devices to destroy the meek, with lying words, when the poor man speaketh judgment.

Jeremiah 9:8-9 – Their tongue is a piercing arrow, it hath spoken deceit: with his mouth one speaketh peace with his friend, and secretly he lieth in wait for him. Shall I not visit them for these things, saith the Lord? or shall not my soul be revenged on such a nation?

1 Peter 2:1-2 – So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation;


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