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Is it wrong to lie?


And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive? And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives. Exodus 1:18-20

And the woman [Rahab] took the two men and hid them and said thus: There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were; and it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark that the men went out; whither the men went I wot not; pursue after them quickly, for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house and hid them with the stalks of flax. Joshua 2:4-6

David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business.... 1 Samuel 21:2
(But David was an enemy of King Saul, and was not on the king's business. We know that God approved of this lie, since 1 Kings 15:5 says that God approved of everything David did, with the single exception of the matter of Uriah.)

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him ... I will go forth and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him and prevail also; go forth and do so. 1 Kings 22:21-22

And Elisha said unto him, go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the Lord hath showed me that he shall surely die. 2 Kings 8:10

[Jesus said] Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast. ... But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. John 7:8-10

Was not Rahab, the harlot, justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?. James 2:25

Raphael the angel answered ... I am Azarias. Tobit 5:17-18


Thou shalt not bear false witness. Exodus 20:16

Thou shalt not raise a false report. Exodus 23:1

Keep thee far from a false matter. Exodus 23:7

If a soul ... lie unto his neighbour ... or hath deceived his neighbour ... Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely. ... Then ... he shall restore that which he took. Leviticus 6:2-4

Neither lie one to another. Leviticus 19:11

Neither shalt thou bear false witness. Deuteronomy 5:20

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 12:22

A righteous man hateth lying. Proverbs 13:5

Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Proverbs 24:28

Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely. Luke 3:14

Wherefore putting away lying, speaking every man truth with his neighbor. Ephesians 4:25

Lie not one to another. Colossians 3:9

Lie not against the truth. James 3:14

All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. Revelation 21:8

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 21:27

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