Real quick, I would like to apologize for not posting in a while. Aside from that though. I think the title is the best description I can give of this passage:
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
“If you can’t think of a truthful way to say something, you’re not thinking hard enough” – Unknown
Here are some synonyms to the word lie:
backbiting, calumniation, distortion, reviling, slander, subterfuge, tale, tall story, vilification, white lie.
I would like to give you another quick passage of scripture:
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.
His wife died likewise.
Ananias and Sapphira must have thought they were just telling a little “white lie” I think Peter found that “reviling” don’t you? by telling that “little white lie” they were “slandering” God.
Let’s list off a few end results of lying: Death, loneliness (who wants to be-friend a liar?) he comes back and bites you, getting thrown out of church (in Ananias and Sapphira’s case, literally) dis-trust. That’s just to name a few.
“but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”
There are two possible ways that a lying tongue can be “but for a moment” as I see it. First, the person getting lied to, understood he was getting lied to, and got really mad. Or secondly, the lie turned around and bit him, aka, the person getting lied to understood the lie, and punished the liar. Both ways, more or less the same result.
“Truthful lips endure forever”
Why caught out a truthful persons tongue?
OK, so maybe I exaggerated slightly with the whole tongue cutting business. But I’m assuming that’s how some people might feel when being lied too.
All this to say: Lying, is indeed for “those with slightly less gigabytes in their CPU.” – anonymous
You are loved!