Although deception may sometimes be taken lightly the Bible clearly states that God hates it, as seen in Proverbs 6:16-19.

Deception whether by omission, distortion, half-truths, blatant lies, white lies, and failed lies, are detestable to the Lord. Psalm 101:7:  warns that, “No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.” 

Bible Verses On Deception
Bible verse about the wicked

In the Bible, we find a tale of deception in Genesis 27. Jacob deceives his father, pretending to be Esau and thus taking away his blessings. This simple act of trickery altered the course of both their lives forever.

In this article, we’ll explore 50 verses that talk about deception. Let these verses offer guidance on how to recognize deceit and how to uphold the truth in our own lives.

Here is a list of Bible verses on deception

Genesis 27:34-35

“When Esau heard his father’s words, he cried out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me—me too, my father!’ But Isaac said, ‘Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.'”

Leviticus 6:2-4

“If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit—when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found.”

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Leviticus 19:11

“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.”

Judges 16:10

“Then Delilah said to Samson, ‘Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me how you can be tied.'”

2 Samuel 19:27

“He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish.”

2 Kings 18:29

“This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand.”

Job 12:16

“To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.”

Job 15:31

“Let them not deceive themselves by trusting what is worthless, for they will get nothing in return.”

Bible Verses On Deception
Bible verse advising against deception.

Job 31:5-6

“If I have walked with falsehood or if my foot has hurried after deceit— let God weigh me in honest scales, and he will know that I am blameless.”

Psalms 12:1-2

“Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth. Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.”

Psalms 24:4-5

“Only those with clean hands and pure hearts, who do not worship idols or swear falsely, can ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place. They will receive blessings and righteousness from the God of their salvation.”

Psalms 36:3

“The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.”

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Psalms 43:1

“Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.”

Psalms 52:1-5

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty one? Your tongue devises mischief and deceit all day long. Your sharp tongue is like a razor, creating destruction with your deceitful words. You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking the truth. You love destructive words that devour, deceitful tongues that plot harm. But God will ultimately bring you down, tearing you from your stronghold and uprooting you from the land of the living.”

Psalms 55:20-21

“My companion stretched out his hands against his friends, he violated his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”

Psalms 58:3

“Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.”

Psalms 101:7

“No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

Psalms 109:1-5

“In my distress, I cry out to you, O God, my rock; do not turn a deaf ear to my plea. For wicked and deceitful mouths have opened against me; they speak against me with lying tongues. They surround me with hateful words, launching false accusations, even as I offer them love and prayers. Evil is returned for my good, hatred for my love. So, Lord, be my helper; come to my aid, for I am in need of Your mercy and salvation.”

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Psalms 120:1-2

I call on the Lord in my distress,and he answers me. “Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.”

Bible Verses On Deception
Verse telling Christians about their relationship with God.

Psalms 144:7-8

“deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful”

Proverbs 6:16-19

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue,hands that shed innocent blood,a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,a false witness who pours out lies,and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

Proverbs 10:18

“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.”

Proverbs 11:18

“A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”

Proverbs 12:5

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

Proverbs 12:17

“An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.”

Proverbs 12:19

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

Proverbs 12:22

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”

Bible Verses On Deception
Bible verse about deception.

Proverbs 14:5

“An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.”

Proverbs 14:8

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.”

Proverbs 14:25

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

Proverbs 16:13

“Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.”

Proverbs 19:5

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.”

Proverbs 19:9

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.”

Proverbs 20:17

“Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.”

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Proverbs 20:23

“The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.”

Proverbs 21:6

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

Proverbs 21:28

“A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.”

Bible verses on deception
Bible verse on deception.

Proverbs 24:28

“Do not testify against your neighbor without cause— would you use your lips to mislead?”

Proverbs 26:18-19

“Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’

 Isaiah 30:10

“They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’ and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.'”

Jeremiah 9:5

“Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.”

Jeremiah 9:6

“You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,” declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 9:8

“Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully. With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors, but in their hearts, they set traps for them.”

Hosea 7:3

“They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.”

Hosea 11:12

“Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One.”

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Micah 6:12

“Her rich men are violent; her people are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.”

Zechariah 5:4

“I will send it out,” declares the Lord Almighty, “and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.'”

Matthew 24:4

“Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.'”

1 Corinthians 3:18

“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become ‘fools’ so that you may become wise.”

Exodus 1:10

“Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”