Biblical Principle #273: Do Not Deceive One Another

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In the Law of Moses, God told the Israelites not to steal, lie, or deceive one another.


GOD told Moses:

11 ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Leviticus 19:11 OSB

This phrase which is translated “nor deal falsely” in the Orthodox Study Bible is intended to communicate the concept of bearing false witness. Brenton’s translation makes this clearer:

11 You shall not steal, you shall not lie, neither shall one bear false witness as an informer against his neighbor.

Leviticus 19:11 Brenton LXX Third Revised Edition

We have previously established that GOD is just. GOD’s word is truth. GOD has always wanted mankind to imitate His character, for our good.

This applied in all aspects of life, including business and financial dealings, which is why the Principle is placed here.

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