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Bible Verses About Speaking The Truth

A lie is a lie, no matter how small. The Bible warns us that when we cover up the truth, even with the best of intentions, we are still guilty of deceit. We need to be sure that if our words are not completely truthful, they can be justified as such in accordance with scripture’s teachings on truth.

The Bible is filled with verses about speaking the truth. From instructions to speak the truth in love to admonishments to make sure you are not being deceived before speaking evil, it’s clear that God wants us all to speak truthfully.

It is hard to speak the truth. We may wish to lessen the effects of speaking the truth or distort reality so as not to offend or hurt someone’s feelings. Many Christians have had bad experiences when they try to share their faith with an unbeliever. Yet they feel they have no choice but to tell their friend, family member, or coworker what they believe about God.

Bible Verses About Speaking The Truth

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 3,984 helpful votes
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 3,778 helpful votes
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 3,687 helpful votes
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 3,668 helpful votes
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

John 8:32 ESV / 3,511 helpful votes
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:44 ESV / 3,434 helpful votes
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Zechariah 8:16 ESV / 2,823 helpful votes
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;

John 1:14 ESV / 2,703 helpful votes
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 John 3:18 ESV / 2,608 helpful votes
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

John 4:24 ESV / 2,605 helpful votes
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 8:31-32 ESV / 2,603 helpful votes
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 17:17 ESV / 2,490 helpful votes
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Proverbs 12:19 ESV / 2,461 helpful votes
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Psalm 25:5 ESV / 2,362 helpful votes
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

James 1:18 ESV / 2,328 helpful votes
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Psalm 5:6 ESV / 2,034 helpful votes
You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 2,025 helpful votes
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

James 5:12 ESV / 1,979 helpful votes
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 1,887 helpful votes
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Galatians 4:16 ESV / 1,880 helpful votes
Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 1,814 helpful votes
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

1 John 1:6 ESV / 1,758 helpful votes
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 1,691 helpful votes
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

1 John 1:8 ESV / 1,593 helpful votes
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

3 John 1:4 ESV / 1,577 helpful votes
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Psalm 15:2-3 ESV / 1,564 helpful votes
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

Psalm 119:160 ESV / 1,559 helpful votes
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV / 1,533 helpful votes
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Psalm 86:11 ESV / 1,528 helpful votes
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 1,526 helpful votes
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

1 John 5:20 ESV / 1,505 helpful votes
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

John 16:7 ESV / 1,494 helpful votes
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:13 ESV / 1,483 helpful votes
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 1,469 helpful votes
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

John 1:17 ESV / 1,465 helpful votes
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:27 ESV / 1,454 helpful votes
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Psalm 33:4 ESV / 1,428 helpful votes
For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 1,379 helpful votes
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Hebrews 6:18 ESV / 1,329 helpful votes
So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Ephesians 6:14 ESV / 1,314 helpful votes
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Jeremiah 13:25 ESV / 1,314 helpful votes
This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, declares the Lord, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies.

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 1,289 helpful votes
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

John 15:26 ESV / 1,263 helpful votes
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 1,241 helpful votes
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Psalm 119:30 ESV / 1,214 helpful votes
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 1,203 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 12:14 ESV / 1,202 helpful votes
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Proverbs 30:5 ESV / 1,200 helpful votes
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

1 John 1:1-10 ESV / 1,196 helpful votes
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. …

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 1,196 helpful votes
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 4:24 ESV / 1,193 helpful votes
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 19:9 ESV / 1,152 helpful votes
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.

John 14:17 ESV / 1,144 helpful votes
Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Psalm 15:2 ESV / 1,141 helpful votes
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 1,125 helpful votes
For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

Proverbs 10:32 ESV / 1,109 helpful votes
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

Psalm 43:3 ESV / 1,040 helpful votes
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Acts 5:1-11 ESV / 1,005 helpful votes
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. …

Titus 1:2 ESV / 992 helpful votes
In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

Malachi 2:13-16 ESV / 988 helpful votes
And this second thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

John 8:46 ESV / 976 helpful votes
Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 971 helpful votes
“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

1 Timothy 2:7 ESV / 962 helpful votes
For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

John 17:8 ESV / 957 helpful votes
For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

Proverbs 24:28 ESV / 952 helpful votes
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 937 helpful votes
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Ephesians 4:21 ESV / 906 helpful votes
Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

Psalm 145:18 ESV / 902 helpful votes
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 896 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …

John 17:3 ESV / 870 helpful votes
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 ESV / 863 helpful votes
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Psalm 15:1-2 ESV / 863 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

Proverbs 14:5 ESV / 859 helpful votes
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

Proverbs 14:25 ESV / 858 helpful votes
A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

2 Corinthians 4:2 ESV / 839 helpful votes
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

Matthew 22:16 ESV / 829 helpful votes
And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.

1 John 2:4 ESV / 825 helpful votes
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

John 18:37-38 ESV / 817 helpful votes
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

Proverbs 12:17 ESV / 805 helpful votes
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

Scriptures about telling the truth

John 8:44
Verse Concepts
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

1 Timothy 2:7
Verse Concepts
For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Mark 12:14
Verse Concepts
They *came and *said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?

Galatians 1:20
Verse Concepts
(Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.)

Psalm 52:3
Verse Concepts
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

John 16:12
Verse Concepts
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

Proverbs 8:7
Verse Concepts
“For my mouth will utter truth;
And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Ephesians 4:25
Verse Concepts
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Zechariah 8:16
Verse Concepts
These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.

Ephesians 4:15
Verse Concepts
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

John 8:40
Verse Concepts
But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.

Proverbs 12:17
Verse Concepts
He who speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.

John 19:35
Verse Concepts
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

John 16:13
Verse Concepts
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

Romans 9:1
Verse Concepts
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,

Proverbs 12:19
Verse Concepts
Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

Isaiah 30:10
Verse Concepts
Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.

John 8:46
Verse Concepts
Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

1 John 4:6
Verse Concepts
We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Psalm 15:2
Verse Concepts
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.

James 5:19
Verse Concepts
My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back,

1 John 1:6
Verse Concepts
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

1 John 2:4
Verse Concepts
The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

John 14:6
Verse Concepts
Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

John 18:37
Verse Concepts
Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

2 Timothy 2:18
Verse Concepts
men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.

2 Corinthians 5:13
Verse Concepts
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

John 3:21
Verse Concepts
But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

John 18:23
Verse Concepts
Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?”

Romans 3:4
Verse Concepts
May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,
“That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged.”

Proverbs 16:13
Verse Concepts
Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And he who speaks right is loved.

Daniel 10:21
Verse Concepts
However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.

John 8:58
Verse Concepts
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

Psalm 58:3
Verse Concepts
The wicked are estranged from the womb;
These who speak lies go astray from birth.

1 John 3:18
Verse Concepts
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

John 5:25
Verse Concepts
Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

2 Timothy 4:4
Verse Concepts
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Acts 4:20
Verse Concepts
for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Ephesians 5:9
Verse Concepts
(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),

1 John 1:8
Verse Concepts
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Matthew 25:12
Verse Concepts
But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’

Leviticus 19:11
Verse Concepts
‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

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