What Does the Bible Say About Liars?

We all know lying is a sin, and it has become a big part of today’s world. However, the fact is God does not condone lying and liars and the bible has many verses which we'll take a look at below.

What Does the Bible Say About Liars

The bible has many references to lying and why God hates liars. It is unfortunate that most people say they lie as a way of protecting themselves, avoiding hurting others, or a way to get out of trouble.  No matter the reason, the bible is clear on how it perceives liars.

In the book of proverbs, the bible sums up the things that the LORD hates, and two of the things are about lying. Let’s look at the verses for more clarity.

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. ”Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV)

Notice the two things God despises involve lying. Remember, it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18) and He forbids us to lie. Lying is contrary to his nature, therefore, when we lie; we are going against His nature and letting the Devil rule over our lives. (John 8:44)

What Does the Bible Say About Liars KJV?

There are a lot of bible verses that give a clear picture of what God thinks of liars and the consequences of lying. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, we are able to understand what is expected of us when it comes to lying and how it affects our relationship with God.

Here are some bible verses about liars in KJV

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.” Proverbs 19:9
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile”1 Peter 3:10
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”Proverbs 12:22

Biblical Definition of a Liar

In the King James Version (KJV) Dictionary, a liar is a person who knowingly utters falsehood- meaning he/she declares something to be fact yet it’s not the truth, and this is all with an intention of deceiving another person.

Examples of Liars in the Bible

There are many liars in the bible. Some lied out of fear; others lied with the intention of deceiving, while some lied to cover up another sin. Here are some examples of liars in the bible.  

  • Abraham: Although known as the Father of Faith, Abraham at one point lied to the Egyptians about Sarah not being his wife since he was afraid they would kill him.  (Genesis 12:11-13)
  • Ananias and Sapphire:  They were a married couple who sold a piece of land, kept back part of the money for themselves while the rest they took to the apostle’s feet and lied about giving the whole amount. Sadly, their dishonest deed ended in their death. ( Acts 5:1-11)
  • Cain: After killing his brother Abel, the Lord asked Cain where his brother was and he lied that he did not. The lie was to cover up what he has done. (Genesis 4:9)
  • Peter: After Jesus was arrested, some people recognized him as one of Jesus’s disciples. However, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. ((Mathew26: 71-74)
  • Jazabel: When Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to King Ahab, Jezebel his wife plotted an evil plan against Naboth that falsely accused him of cursing both God and the king. He was stoned to death. (1 kings 21:1:16)

What Does the Bible Say About Dealing with a Liar?

It is not easy to forgive someone who has lied to us and it might seem natural to hold a grudge against the liar. However, the Bible encourages us to forgive others just like how we have been forgiven too.

In these scriptures, we are reminded how to deal with a liar keeping in mind we have also lied too.

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”Mathew 18:21-22
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”Matthew 6: 14-15

Lying is a sin like any other and just like we ask God to forgive us when we sin, we are supposed to forgive those who lie to us too.

What Does the Bible Say About Liars

What Does the Bible Say About Calling Someone a Liar?

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.”Proverbs 19:9

Calling people liars can plant the seed of doubt about those accused in the minds of all who hear it. Not only that, but it can also tarnish their reputation. The bible is straight forwards on how to deal with people who give false witnesses which means calling someone a liar and yet you know they are saying the truth is a sin.  

On the other hand, if you are sure that someone is a liar; the bible encourages us to try to help them repent by talking to them. If they refuse to listen to you, then involve other parties of the church to help them repent and change their ways.

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”Mathew 18:15

Punishment for Liars in the Bible

The bible is very clear on the kind of punishment liars will receive. Therefore, we should be very careful about what comes out of our mouths. Lying is one of the sins that people tend to think of as not a big deal, unfortunately, there are consequences when we lie, and here are a few passages in the bible that warns us of how the bible deals with liars.

(Note that: All scripture references are from the NIV except otherwise stated)

“No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house, no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”Psalms 101:7
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.”Proverbs 19:5
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned.”Mather 12:36-37

In the above scriptures, liars are being forbidden to stand before the Lord or even go into His house. What’s more, false witnesses will be punished too for lying.  

By our words, we will be acquitted or condemned (Mathew 12:36-37). This means we should be very careful when it comes to lying to others or giving false testimonies about other people.

But wait a minute, what does Revelation say about liars?

“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.”Revelation 21:8

We all know that all sin is sin, but it is unbelievable that all liars are grouped with murderers and sorcerers on the list of those bound in the lake of fire. Therefore, to avoid being thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, Christians are required to stop engaging in all kinds of lies.

Does God Forgive Liars

Yes, God does forgive liars but only if you accept you have fallen into the sin of lying, confess your sins and turn away from lying.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9
“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;”Daniel 9:9
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”Isaiah 1:18
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”Psalms 103:12

As you can see from the bible passages, God does forgive liars but you have to ask for forgiveness and decide not to lie again. It could be a bit hard to stop instantly if it has become a habit but it’s all about taking the first step of turning away from lying. Lying is a sin and our sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ.

When liars accept God’s forgiveness as a gift and repent, God completely forgives them as if their sins never existed (as far as the east is from the west). Just don’t forget that although God forgives liars, lying has consequences here on earth, and to avoid being in trouble with God and others, we should avoid being liars at all costs.

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