Proverbs 12:22

ESV Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
NIV The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
NASB Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
CSB Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, but faithful people are his delight.
NLT The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
KJV Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

What does Proverbs 12:22 mean?

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.
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