Bible Verses About Deception: 11 Powerful Verses


Proverbs 10:9

ESVWhoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
KJVHe that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
NASBHe who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.
NIVWhoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
NLTPeople with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

Proverbs 12:22

ESVLying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
KJVLying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
NASBLying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
NIVThe LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
NLTThe LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.

Psalm 52:2

ESVYour tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
KJVThy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.
NASBYour tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
NIVYou who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.
NLTAll day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies.

Romans 12:2

ESVDo not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
KJVAnd be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
NASBAnd do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
NIVDo not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
NLTDon’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

James 1:22

ESVBut be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
KJVBut be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
NASBBut prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
NIVDo not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
NLTBut don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

John 8:44

ESVYou 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.
KJVYe are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
NASB“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.
NIVYou belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
NLTFor you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Proverbs 11:3

ESVThe integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
KJVThe integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
NASBThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.
NIVThe integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
NLTHonesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

Luke 6:31

ESVAnd as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
KJVAnd as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
NASB“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
NIVDo to others as you would have them do to you.
NLTDo to others as you would like them to do to you.

Colossians 3:9

ESVDo not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
KJVLie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
NASBDo not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
NIVDo not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
NLTDon’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.

1 John 4:1

ESVBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
KJVBeloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
NASBBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NIVDear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NLTDear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

Genesis 3:4

ESVBut the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
KJVAnd the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
NASBThe serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
NIV“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
NLT“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.

James 1:26

ESVIf anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
KJVIf any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
NASBIf anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
NIVThose who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
NLTIf you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

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