In Your Bible: Proverbs 6: 17, (NASB)
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood
Solomon continues from haughty eyes to more things God hates and puts his finger on lying and shedding innocent blood. The Lord sees our thoughts as well as our intentions, hears our speech, and views our actions. There’s no hiding anything from Him. Thank you Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in You.
A lying tongue is speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly. It is with an intent to deceive, to hurt the character of a neighbor, or even to flatter a friend. Ion in us. Yes, lying is detestable to God and must be as detestable to us. *
Detestable are the hands that shed innocent blood or commit murder. Mosaic law (see Deuteronomy 19:8-10) described how to protect the innocent (the apparent murderer and the victim). The Lord knows the intentions of the heart (see Hebrews 4:12).
It’s a daily challenge to speak the truth in love and not to even utter a “white lie.” But we must avoid missing the mark with God. We must not lie. Until we are face-to-face with Jesus, we will continue to struggle with this issue. Thank You Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in you.
Prayer: Father, help me keep from missing the mark when I speak. I love your grace so freely given. I praise you for standing beside me all time. You are amazing indeed.
*John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Proverbs 6, biblehub.com.