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People Deceiving Each Other is Part of Life
It would seem that there are cases when one person or a group deceiving another person or a group is an acceptable or even good thing but, is it? Strictly by GOD’s standard it is a sin (Is it not?):
Exodus 20:16 ESV
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. . . .”
Most people interpret this verse to forbid lying. So why did a number of instances in the Bible convey a situation when a form of lying seems to produce a positive result?
David feigned madness
So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”
Rehab hides the spies
Joshua 2:3-4 ESV
. . . Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. . . .
Gideon deceives the enemy
Judges 7:19-21 ESV
19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 Every man stood in his place around the camp, and all the army ran.
I could say context, purpose or justification but, the real explanation is simpler than that in my opinion: “We are living in a sinful world ruled by Satan.” In this era deception may be the only way that the righteous can out wit the schemes of the great deceiver Satan.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 90 helpful votes
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Some Bible Verses:
Proverbs 19:5 ESV
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
Proverbs 21:6 ESV
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
Leviticus 19:11 ESV
“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.
Use of ESV Bible verses: https://www.crossway.org/support/esv-bible-permissions/