Proverbs Project: Honesty & Dishonesty

Proverbs related to trust, honesty, and dishonesty:

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Proverbs 3:29-30
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.

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Proverbs 6:12-15
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.

Proverbs 6:16-19
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.

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Proverbs 8:6-7 [WISDOM PERSONIFIED SPEAKING]
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.

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Proverbs 10:9-10
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,

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Proverbs 10:18
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips

and spreads slander is a fool.

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Proverbs 11:1
The LORD detests dishonest scales,

but accurate weights find favor with him.

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Proverbs 11:3
The integrity of the upright guides them,

but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

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Proverbs 11:18
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,

but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

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Proverbs 12:2
Good people obtain favor from the Lord,

but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

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Proverbs 12:17
17 An honest witness tells the truth,

but a false witness tells lies.

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Proverbs 12:22
The Lord detests lying lips,

but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

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Proverbs 13:5-6
The righteous hate what is false,

but the wicked make themselves a stench
and bring shame on themselves.
Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

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Proverbs 13:11
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,

but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

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Proverbs 13:17
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,

but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.

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Proverbs 14:5
An honest witness does not deceive,

but a false witness pours out lies.

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Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,

but the folly of fools is deception.

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Proverbs 14:25
25 A truthful witness saves lives,

but a false witness is deceitful.

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Proverbs 15:4
The soothing tongue is a tree of life,

but a perverse [deceitful] tongue crushes the spirit.

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Proverbs 16:11
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;

all the weights in the bag are of his making.

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Proverbs 16:13
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;

they value the one who speaks what is right.

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Proverbs 16:30
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;

whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.

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Proverbs 17:4
A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;

a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

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Proverbs 17:7
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—

how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

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Proverbs 17:23
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret

to pervert the course of justice.

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Proverbs 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished,

and whoever pours out lies will not go free.

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Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished,

and whoever pours out lies will perish.

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Proverbs 19:22
22 What a person desires is unfailing love;

better to be poor than a liar.

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Proverbs 19:28
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,

and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

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Proverbs 20:10
10 Differing weights and differing measures—

the Lord detests them both.

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Proverbs 20:14
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—

then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

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Proverbs 20:17
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,

but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

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Proverbs 20:23
23 The Lord detests differing weights,

and dishonest scales do not please him.

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Proverbs 20:25
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly

and only later to consider one’s vows.

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Proverbs 21:6
A fortune made by a lying tongue

is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.

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Proverbs 21:8
The way of the guilty is devious,

but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

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Proverbs 21:28
28 A false witness will perish,

but a careful listener will testify successfully.

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Proverbs 22:28
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone

set up by your ancestors.

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Proverbs 23:10-11
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.

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Proverbs 24:26
26 An honest answer

is like a kiss on the lips.

Proverbs 24:28
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—

would you use your lips to mislead?

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Proverbs 25:9-10
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.

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Proverbs 25:13
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.

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Proverbs 25:18-19
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.

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Proverbs 26:18-19
18 Like a maniac shooting

flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”

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Proverbs 26:24-26
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.

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Proverbs 26:28
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,

and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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Proverbs 27:6
Wounds from a friend can be trusted,

but an enemy multiplies kisses.

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Proverbs 29:5
Those who flatter their neighbors

are spreading nets for their feet.

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Proverbs 29:24
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;

they are put under oath and dare not testify.

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Proverbs 29:27
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;

the wicked detest the upright.

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