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Are you Honest or Dishonest?

 

Proverbs tells us plainly that God despises all forms of dishonesty.
Not only does God hate dishonesty, but we are told that it works
against us - others no longer trust us, and we cannot even
enjoy our dishonest gains. It is wiser to be honest
because "a righteous man escapes trouble".
(Proverbs 12:13)

 

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"A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin."

Proverbs 26:28

 

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Others' Opinion

 

Leaders value those who speak the truth.

"Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value a man who speaks the truth."

Proverbs 16:13

 

Most people will appreciate truth in the end more than flattery.

"He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor
than he who has a flattering tongue."

Proverbs 28:23

 

 

Quality of Life

 

The righteous person's plans are just.

"The plans of the righteous are just,
but the advice of the wicked is deceitful."

Proverbs 12:5

 

Truthful witnesses do not deceive; false witnesses pour out lies.

"A truthful witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies."

Proverbs 14:5

 

Truthful witnesses save lives.

"A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful."

Proverbs 14:25

 

The children of the righteous are blessed.

"The righteous man leads a blameless life;
blessed are his children after him."

Proverbs 20:7

 

 

Short-Term Results

 

Ill-gotten treasure is of no value.

"Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
but righteousness delivers from death."

Proverbs 10:2

 

The righteous are rescued from trouble.

"The righteous man is rescued from trouble,
and it comes on the wicked instead."

Proverbs 11:8

 

The evil are trapped by sinful talk.

"An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,
but a righteous man escapes trouble."

Proverbs 12:13

 

Fraudulent gain is sweet for a while.

"Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,
but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel."

Proverbs 20:17

 

 

Long-Term Results

 

The upright are guided by integrity.

"The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity."

Proverbs 11:3

 

Truthful lips endure.

"Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment."

Proverbs 12:19

 

Riches gained quickly don't last.

"An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning
will not be blessed at the end."

Proverbs 20:21

 

Riches gained dishonestly don't last.

"A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting
vapor and a deadly snare."

Proverbs 21:6

 

The blameless are kept safe.

"He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall."

Proverbs 28:18

 

 

God's Opinion

 

God delights in honesty.

"The Lord abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight."

Proverbs 11:1

 

God delights in those who are truthful.

"The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in men who are truthful."

Proverbs 12:22

 

God detests unjust measures.

"Differing weights and differing measures--the Lord detests them both."

Proverbs 20:10

 

God is pleased when we do what is right and just.

"To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."

Proverbs 21:3

 

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