Proverbs 12:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 12:22, NIV: "The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy."

Proverbs 12:22, ESV: "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight."

Proverbs 12:22, KJV: "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight."

Proverbs 12:22, NASB: "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight."

Proverbs 12:22, NLT: "The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth."

Proverbs 12:22, CSB: "Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, but faithful people are his delight."

What does Proverbs 12:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Once again (Proverbs 6:17), Solomon associates lying with the Lord's disgust. It is an abomination to Him. To lie is to reject the Lord's commandment: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" (Exodus 20:16). Also, lying stands in sharp contrast to God's nature. Titus 1:2 affirms that God never lies. Jesus, the Son of God, not only spoke truth at all times, He is also the truth, itself (John 14:6). Liars testified against Jesus at the trial that led to His crucifixion, and liars will spend an eternity apart from God (Revelation 21:8).

Those who act with integrity and honesty bring delight to the Lord. To "act faithfully" is to do what corresponds to a clean conscience (1 Timothy 1:5) and a sincere effort to do what one has promised to do (Matthew 5:37). Every believer should be a person whose word is truthful and dependable. If he signs a contract, he should meet the terms of the contract. If he makes a promise, he should keep it. Others should know he is a man of his word. Such honesty in word and deed delights the Lord.