Proverbs related to trust, honesty, and dishonesty:
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.
12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 8:6-7 [WISDOM PERSONIFIED SPEAKING]
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
8 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
1 The LORD detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord,
but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.
17 An honest witness tells the truth,
but a false witness tells lies.
2 The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
5 The righteous hate what is false,
but the wicked make themselves a stench
and bring shame on themselves.
6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,
but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
5 An honest witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
but the folly of fools is deception.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is deceitful.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse [deceitful] tongue crushes the spirit.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love;
better to be poor than a liar.
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
the Lord detests them both.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.
6 A fortune made by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
8 The way of the guilty is devious,
but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
28 A false witness will perish,
but a careful listener will testify successfully.
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your ancestors.
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
would you use your lips to mislead?
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
18 Like a maniac shooting
flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.
5 Those who flatter their neighbors
are spreading nets for their feet.
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
they are put under oath and dare not testify.
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.