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Discourse on Lying

Discussion in 'Christianity DIR' started by iris89, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. iris89

    iris89 Active Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    Discourse on Lying:


    What is lying? It is the opposite of truth. It involves saying something false in some medium of expression to a person who is entitled to know the truth and doing so with the intent to deceive or to injure him/her and/or another person. It need not be verbal. It can be written or implied by action.

    In the Bible, the Old Testament, the two ancient Hebrew verbs most often translated as lying or having that meaning are ‘sha-gar’ as used in Leviticus 19:11, “"You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.” (Revised Standard Version; RSV); and at Leviticus 19:12, “And you shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.” (RSV); and at Psalms 44:17, “All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten thee, or been false to thy covenant.” (RSV); and at Isaiah 57:4, “Of whom are you making sport? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and put out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit,” (RSV); which means to deal or act falsely, and the noun form is rendered lie, deception, falsehood. The other verb is ‘ka-zav’ as used at Proverbs 14:5, “A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.” (RSV); which means speaking something which is untrue. Some translations do not always render these two verbs with ‘lying’ but use other words implying the same thing as can be seen above with the quotes from the Revised Standard Version.

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    Your Friend in Christ Iris89