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Honesty and Truth

The Truth

The uestion is -

Honesty and Truth
(New Testament )

  What comes down when I try to pull the wool over my own or anyone else's eyes?
- Matthew 23 : 29

If I'm doing something good, do I have to be totally honest and truthful?
- John 12 : 1

Honesty and Truth
(Old Testament )

What's my safeguard against dishonesty and false dealings under covenant?
- Joshua 9 : 1






Should I bend the truth ever so slighly to avoid confrontation?
- 1 Samuel 21 : 10

If I am embarked on a policy of truth and right, can I expect support from everyone else? Or am I likely to encounter dishonesty,let-down and double-dealing?
- 2 Samuel 2 : 22



Is there any way to avoid the repeat and escalation of wrongs perpetuated through lying? When all is done and the Bad swept under the carpet, what is the undeniable conclusion I must face regarding my position before God The Maker?
- 2 Samuel 11 : 6






Can I be sure that I am totally honest if envy and jealousy are hovering arooiund?
- 2 Kings 5 : 20


Does there have to be total truth and honesty for any true friendship to succeed?
- Job 6 : 22

How do double dealing and fear try to break into my integrity defences?
- Nehemiah 6 : 1


What's the big ingredient of wisdom? Why does it change the world for the better?
- Psalm 51 : 6

What's the best option when, of my own fault, I get into deep water with enemies?
- Psalm 69 : 1
What shall I do if I have unwittingly let myself in to underwrite or give surety that I cannot produce?
- Proverbs 6 : 1

Does The Maker back up the good and the true?
- Proverbs 10 : 1
How can I please The Maker in my business dealings?
- Proverbs 11 : 1 (Proverbs 20 : 10)

Do honesty and truth have social repercussions?
- Proverbs 11 : 9

Are honesty and openness esential when dealing with God The Maker?
- Proverbs 15 : 8
Does my honesty make any difference in a dishonest world?
- Proverbs 16 : 11

Does my honesty make any difference in a dishonest world?
- Proverbs 20 : 9 and 20 : 23
- Do honesty and truth have to extend into my dealings with crooks?
- Proverbs 24 : 23

- Do honesty and truth have to extend into every part of my life? How do I deal with liars?
- Proverbs 26 : 23
Is God The Maker radically concerned with 'Speak and Do' standards of honesty and truth?
- Isaiah 5 : 20
- Why are God The Maker's 'Speak and Do' standards of honesty and truth of international importance?
- Isaiah 29 : 13
What puts the stoppers on my getting up to The Maker's 'Speak and Do' standards of honesty and truth?
- Jeremiah 3 : 4

  What comes down when I try to do 'Religion' and make up my own rules of 'goodness'
- Amos 4 : 4

The Truth
(New Testament )

Why is my honest relationship with Jesus so important?
- John 14 : 6
How can I be sure I'm in the right Lane?
- John 17 : 17
What comes down as part of the Truth - Love package?
- 2 John 1

The Truth
(Old Testament )

  What confirms and guarantees the authenticity of God The Maker's Word?
- 1 Kings 17 : 17

(New Testament )

What should I do when enemies accuse me falsely?
- Matthew 26 : 59
(Mark 14 : 55)
Should I go along with 'political correctness'?
- Matthew 28 : 11
Should I try to defend myself against lies?
- Mark 14 : 55 ( Matthew 26 : 59)

How do I operate honestly if my job is a bit iffy?
- Luke 3 : 12
How do I deal with dishonest and aggressive authority?
- Luke 20 : 20

On whom can I model my life and follow as an example?
John 1 : 14

How do I know what is right and what is wrong?
John 8 : 38

What happens when truth is left out of life?
- John 18 : 38

Is it essential to be truthful?
- Acts 5 : 1

How do I know that the various writers of The Makers Manual are true and reliable?
- 2 Corinthians 3 : 1
How do I get in on honesty and truth?
_ 2 Corinthians 4 : 1
How can we get people everywhere to be honest and truthful?
- Ephesians 4 : 25
How do honesty and truth affect my everyday life?
Ephesians 4 : 28
Is it safe to trust in truth and honesty when people may do me down?
- Ephesians 6 : 14
Has anyone ever tried out the honesty and truth thing?
- 1Timothy 2 : 7

Are truth and honesty ball busters or buck-ups?
- 3 John 3

(Old Testament )

Does God The Maker come into the scene when I adopt Honesty as a principle?
- Genesis 12 : 10


What comes down to the bottom line if I lie, scheme and cheat within my own family circle?
- Genesis 27 : 5




What comes down if I take the law into my own hands?
- Genesis 31 : 27





What comes down if I lie and cheat because I have been wronged?
- Genesis 34 : 8

Am I justified in using lies, subterfuge and force to overcome family and friendship problems?
- Genesis 37 : 28

Is there some point in every problem where I have to trust because there is no alternative?
- Genesis 43 : 12

Does God The Maker always demand that we get to the bottom of doubtful activity and get it sorted?
- Genesis 44 : 1



Does God The Maker allow me to act illegally to carry out His purposes?
- Exodus 2 : 11


Does God The Maker care about my heart attiude to Him? Will He countenance my prevarication?
- Exodus 32 : 15

Are honest people rare? What must I do to get recognised as truthful and reliable?
- Jeremiah 5 : 1

Is there any escape from dishonesty? What comes down on a nation that forsakes Truth?
- Jeremiah 9 : 1


What comes down when honesty and truth get given the go-by?
-Micah 6 : 9


Is it OK for me to get into borderline business and bend the law a bit?
-Hosea 12 : 7

Is it wise to come clean right on?
Jonah 1 : 8

What is the declared final outcome for thieves and false testifiers?
- Zechariah 5 : 1.

What shall I get going on to make a move towards honesty and truth?
- Zechariah 8 : 16

Falsity (Old Testament )

Does God The Maker overrule advice in order to achieve His good purposes in my life?
- 2 Samuel 17 : 1



Is it OK for me to say,'O my Gawd'?
- Isaiah 48 : 1


Can I be forgiven when I do a Big Turnaround if I have dened that bad circumstances can come from God The Maker or have insisted even that He does not exist?
- Jeremiah 5 : 1


What comes down when a whole nation gets behind deceit and calls it good?
- Jeremiah 8 : 8

How come that a few guys or a whole nation gets behind deceit. Then lies multiply into chaos revenge and violence?
- Jeremiah 41 : 1

A - What The Maker's Manual says -

Honesty and Truth (New Testament )

Matthew 23 : 29 - Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore you witness to yourselves, that you are sons of them that slew the prophets. Fill up then the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how shall you escape the judgment of hell?

John 12 : 1 - Jesus therefore six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus raised from the dead. So they made him a supper there: and Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at meat with him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, that should betray him, said, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred shillings, and given to the poor? Now this he said, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the bag took away what was put therein. Jesus therefore said, Suffer her to keep it against the day of my burying. For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always.

Honesty and Truth (Old Testament )

Joshua 9 : 1 - And it came to pass, when all the kings that were beyond the Jordan, in the hill-country, and in the lowland, and on all the shore of the great sea in front of Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; that they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord. But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, they also did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine-skins, old and rent and bound up, and old and patched shoes upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and was become mouldy. And they went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him, and to the men of Israel, We are come from a far country: now therefore make you a covenant with us. And the men of Israel said to the Hivites, Peradventure you dwell among us; and how shall we make a covenant with you? And they said to Joshua, We are your servants. And Joshua said to them, Who are you? and from whence come you? And they said to him, From a very far country your servants are come because of the name of Jehovah your God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth. And our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, Take provision in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them, and say to them, We are your servants: and now make you a covenant with us. This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go to you; but now, behold, it is dry, and is become mouldy: and these wine-skins, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they are rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. And the men took of their provision, and asked not counsel at the mouth of Jehovah. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them. And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they dwelt among them. And the children of Israel journeyed, and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim. And the children of Israel journeyed, and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim. And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn to them by Jehovah, the God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. But all the princes said to all the congregation, We have sworn to them by Jehovah, the God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware to them. And the princes said to them, Let them live: so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation, as the princes had spoken to them. And Joshua called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, Wherefore have you beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you; when you dwell among us? Now therefore you are cursed, and there shall never fail to be of you bondmen, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told your servants, how that Jehovah your God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you; therefore we were sore afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing. And now, behold, we are in your hand: as it seems good and right to you to do to us, do. And so did he to them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of Jehovah, to this day, in the place which he should choose.

1 Samuel 21 : 10 - And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. And the servants of Achish said to him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands? And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. And he changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. Then said Achish to his servants, Look, you see the man is mad; wherefore then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

2 Samuel 2 : 22 - And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from a foray, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace. When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he is gone in peace. Then Joab came to the king, and said, What have you done? behold, Abner came to tyou; why is it that you have sent him away, and he is quite gone? You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you do. And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not. And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there in the body, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. And afterward, when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before Jehovah for ever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner: let it fall upon the head of Joab, and upon all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that has an issue, or that is a leper, or that leans on a staff, or that falls by the sword, or that lacks bread. So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David followed the bier. And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dies? Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters: As a man falls before the children of iniquity, so did you fall. And all the people wept again over him. And all the people came to cause David to eat bread while it was yet day; but David swore, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or aught else, till the sun be down. And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as whatever the king did pleased all the people. So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner. And the king said to his servants, Know you not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too hard for me: Jehovah reward the evil-doer according to his wickedness.

2 Samuel 11 : 6 - And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come to him, David asked of him how Joab did, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house, and wash your feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of food from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down to his house, David said to Uriah, Are you not come from a journey? wherefore didst you not go down to your house? And Uriah said to David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in booths; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open field; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as you live and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing. And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to-day also, and to-morrow I will let you depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set you Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire you from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab kept watch upon the city, that he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people, even of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; and he charged the messenger, saying, When you have made an end of telling all the things concerning the war to the king, it shall be that, if the king’s wrath arise, and he say to you, Wherefore went you so nigh to the city to fight? knew you not that they would shoot from the wall? who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast an upper millstone upon him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? why went you so nigh the wall? then shall you say, Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for. And the messenger said to David, The men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were upon them even to the entrance of the gate. And the shooters shot at your servants from off the wall; and some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. Then David said to the messenger, Thus shall you say to Joab, Let not this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage you him. And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she made lamentation for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased Jehovah.

2 Kings 5 : 20 - But Gehazi the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: as Jehovah lives, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw one running after him, he alighted from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master has sent me, saying, Behold, even now there are come to me from the hill-country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets; give them, I pray you, a talent of silver, and two changes of raiment. And Naaman said, Be pleased to take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of raiment, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bore them before him. And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house; and he let the men go, and they departed. But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, Whence come you, Gehazi? And he said, Your servant went no whither. And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards and vineyards, and sheep and oxen, and men-servants and maid-servants? The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave to you, and to your seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Job 6 : 22 - Did I say, Give to me? Or, Offer a present for me of your substance? Or, Deliver me from the adversary’s hand? Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors? Teach me, and I will hold my peace; And cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what does it reprove? Do you think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind? Yes, you would cast lots upon the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend. Now therefore be pleased to look upon me; For surely I shall not lie to your face. Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice; Yes, return again, my cause is righteous. Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?

Nehemiah 6 : 1 - Now it came to pass, when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah, and to Geshem the Arabian, and to the rest of our enemies, that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though even to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates;) that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, Come, let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? And they sent to me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner. Then sent Sanballat his servant to me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand, wherein was written, It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says it, that you and the Jews think to rebel; for which cause you are building the wall: and you would be their king, according to these words. And you have also appointed prophets to preach of you at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together. Then I sent to him, saying, There are no such things done as you say, but you feign them out of your own heart. For they all would have made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. But now, O God, strengthen you my hands ( 9 ) Narrative continued under topic 'Fear None but God .

Psalm 51 : 6 - Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom.

Psalm 69 : 1 - Save me, O God; For the waters are come in to my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dried: My eyes fail while I wait for my God. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: They that would cut me off, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: That which I took not away I have to restore. O God, you know my foolishness; And my sins are not hid from you.

Proverbs 6 : 1 - My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, If you have struck your hands for a stranger; you are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, Seeing you have come into the hand of your neighbor: Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor; Give not sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids; Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Proverbs 10 : 1 - The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father; But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; But righteousness delivers from death.Jehovah will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish; But he thrusts away the desire of the wicked.

Proverbs 11 : 1 (Proverbs 20: 10) - A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 11 : 9 - With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered. When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted; But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 15 : 8 - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loves him that follows after righteousness. There is grievous correction for him that forsakes the way; And he that hates reproof shall die. Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah: How much more then the hearts of the children of men! A scoffer loves not to be reproved; He will not go to the wise.

Proverbs 16 : 11 - A just balance and scales are Jehovah's; All the weights of the bag are his work. It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaks right.

Proverbs 20 : 9 - Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

Proverbs 20 : 23 - Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.

Proverbs 24 : 23 - These also are sayings of the wise. To have respect of persons in judgment is not good. He that says to the wicked, You are righteous; Peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, And a good blessing shall come upon them. He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer ( 26 )

Proverbs 26 : 23 - Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. He that hates dissembles with his lips; But he lays up deceit within him: When he speaks fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart: Though his hatred cover itself with guile, His wickedness shall be openly showed before the assembly.

Isaiah 5 : 20 - Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light

Isaiah 29: 13 - And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw nigh to me, and with their mouth and with their lips to honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men which has been taught them; therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Woe to them that hide deep their counsel from Jehovah, and whose works are in the dark, and that say, Who sees us? and who knows us? You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be esteemed as clay; that the thing made should say of him that made it, He made me not; or the thing formed say of him that formed it, He has no understanding?

Jeremiah 3 : 4 - Behold, you have spoken and has done evil things, and has had your way. (This is how you talk,but you do all the evil you can - New International Version)

Amos 4 : 4 - Come to Beth-el, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes every three days; and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill-offerings and publish them: for this pleases you, O you children of Israel, says the Lord Jehovah. And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places; yet have you not returned to me, says Jehovah. And I also have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered to one city to drink water, and were not satisfied: yet have you not returned to me, says Jehovah. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: the multitude of your gardens and your vineyards and your fig-trees and your olive-trees has the palmer-worm devoured: yet have you not returned to me, says Jehovah. I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have carried away your horses; and I have made the stench of your camp to come up even into your nostrils: yet have you not returned to me, says Jehovah.

The Truth (New Testament )

John 14 : 6 - Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, but by me.

John 17 : 17 - Sanctify them in the truth: your word is truth.

2 John 1 - The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth; for the truth's sake which abides in us, and it shall be with us for ever: Grace, mercy, peace shall be with us, from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of your children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.


The Truth (Old Testament )

1 Kings 17 : 17 - And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man of God? you are come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son! And he said to her, Give me your son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into the chamber, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried to Jehovah, and said, O Jehovah my God, have you also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried to Jehovah, and said, O Jehovah my God, I pray you, let this child’s soul come into him again. And Jehovah hearkened to the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him to his mother; and Elijah said, See, your son lives. And the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of Jehovah in your mouth is truth.

Goodness (New Testament )

Matthew 26 : 59 ( Mark 14 : 55 ) - Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest stood up, and said to him, Answer you nothing? what is it which these witness against you? But Jesus held his peace.

Matthew 28 : 11 - Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city, and told to the chief priests all the things that were come to pass. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money to the soldiers, saying, Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and rid you of care. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until this day.

Mark 14 : 55 ( Matthew 26 : 59 ) - Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found it not. For many bore false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together. And there stood up certain, and bore false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands. And not even so did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answer you nothing? what is it which these witness against you? But he held his peace, and answered nothing.

Luke 3 : 12 - And there came also publicans to be baptized, and they said to him, Teacher, what must we do? And he said to them, Extort no more than that which is appointed you. And soldiers also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he said to them, Extort from no man by violence, neither accuse any one wrongfully; and be content with your wages.

Luke 20 : 20 - And they watched him, and sent forth spies, who feigned themselves to be righteous, that they might take hold of his speech, so as to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the governor. And they asked him, saying, Teacher, we know that you say and teach rightly, and accept not the person of any, but of a truth teaches the way of God: Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, Show me a denarius. Whose image and superscription has it? And they said, Caesar's. And he said to them, Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they were not able to take hold of the saying before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.

John 1 : 14 - And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth).

John 8 : 38 - I know that you are Abraham's seed: yet you seek to kill me, because my word has not free course in you. I speak the things which I have seen with my Father: and you also do the things which you heard from your father. They answered and said to him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I heard from God: this did not Abraham. You do the works of your father. They said to him, We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

John 18 : 38 - Pilate said to him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, I find no crime in him (Jesus).

Acts 5 : 1 - But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, 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 part of the price of the land? While it remained, did it not remain your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? you have not lied to men, but to God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it. And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether you sold the land for so much. And she said, Yes, for so much. But Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to try the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them that have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out. And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

2 Corinthians 3 : 1 - Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you? You are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; being made manifest that you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh. And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

2 Corinthians 4 : 1 - Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not: but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Ephesians 4 : 25 - Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4 : 28 - Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that has need. Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 6 : 14 - Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness

1 Timothy 2 : 7 - I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I speak the truth, I lie not), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

3 John 3 - For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bore witness to your truth, even as you walk in truth.

Goodness (Old Testament )

Genesis 12 : 10 - And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look upon: and it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they will say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save you alive. Say, I pray you, you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And he dealt well with Abram for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and she-asses, and camels. And Jehovah plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done to me? why did you not tell me that she was your wife? why said you, She is my sister, so that I took her to be my wife? now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way. And Pharoah gave men charge concerning him: and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

Genesis 27 : 5 - And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before Jehovah before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats. And I will make them savory food for your father, such as he loves. And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death. And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver. And I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. And his mother said to him, Upon me be your curse, my son. Only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother. And his mother made savory food, such as his father loved. And Rebekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck. And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. And he came to his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I. Who are you, my son? And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your first-born; I have done according as you bad me: arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me. And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Jehovah your God sent me good speed. And Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near to Isaac his father. And he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him.Narrative continued under ' Inheriting'

Genesis 31 : 27 - Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon the camels; and he carried away all his cattle, and all his substance which he had gathered, the cattle of his getting, which he had gathered in Paddan-aram, to go to Isaac his father to the land of Canaan. Now Laban was gone to shear his sheep: and Rachel stole the teraphim that were her father's. And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gilead. And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream of the night, and said to him, Take heed to yourself that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. And Laban came up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain: and Laban with his brethren encamped in the mountain of Gilead. And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters as captives of the sword? Wherefore did you flee secretly, and steal away from me, and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs, with tabret and with harp; and did not suffer me to kiss my sons and my daughters? now have you done foolishly. It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spoke to me yesternight, saying, Take heed to yourself that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. And now, though you would needs be gone, because you sore longed after your father's house, yet wherefore have you stolen my gods? And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Lest you should take your daughters from me by force. With whoever you find your gods, he shall not live: before our brethren discern what is yours with me, and take it to you. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the tent of the two maid-servants; but he found them not. And he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent. Now Rachel had taken the teraphim, and put them in the camel's saddle, and sat upon them. And Laban felt about all the tent, but found them not. And she said to her father, Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise up before you; for the manner of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the teraphim. And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me? Whereas you have felt about all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us two. These twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of your flocks have I not eaten. That which was torn of beasts I brought not to you; I bare the loss of it; of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from my eyes.

Genesis 34 : 8 - And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter: I pray you, give her to him to wife. And make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to you. And you shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade therein, and get you possessions therein. And Shechem said to her father and to her brethren, Let me find favor in your eyes, and what you shall say to me I will give. Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as you shall say to me: but give me the damsel to wife. And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father with guile, and spoke, because he had defiled Dinah their sister....

Genesis 37 : 28 - (Story of Joseph Continued ) And there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt. And Reuben returned to the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. And he returned to his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood; and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, This have we found: know now whether it is your son’s coat or not. And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces. And Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down to Sheol to my son mourning. And his father wept for him. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, the captain of the guard. Story of Joseph Narrative Continued

Genesis 43 : 12 - And their father Israel said to them, If it be so now, do this: take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and myrrh, nuts, and almonds; and take double money in your hand; and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks carry again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man: and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And if I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, Bring the men into the house, and slay, and make ready; for the men shall dine with me at noon.

Genesis 44 : 1 - (Story of Joseph Narrative Continued from above ) And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his grain money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. And when they were gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, Wherefore have you rewarded evil for good? Is not this that in which my lord drinks, and whereby he indeed divines? you have done evil in so doing. And he overtook them, and he spoke to them these words. And they said to him, Wherefore speaks my lord such words as these? Far be it from yourservants that they should do such a thing. Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again to you out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of your lord's house silver or gold? With whomsoever of your servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen. And he said, Now also let it be according to your words: he with whom it is found shall be my bondman; and you shall be blameless. Then they hasted, and took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left off at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

Exodus 2 : 11 - And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown up, that he went out to his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And he went out the second day, and, behold, two men of the Hebrews were striving together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smite you your fellow? And he said, Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Think you to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely the thing is known. Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that you are come so soon to-day? And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock. And he said to his daughters, And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread. And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said, I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.(22)

Exodus 32 : 15 - And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, with the two tables of the testimony in his hand; tables that were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome; but the noise of them that sing do I hear. And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh to the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it with fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. And Moses said to Aaron, What did this people to you, that you have brought a great sin upon them? And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: you know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, Make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. And I said to them, Whoever has any gold, let them break it off: so they gave it me; and I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf ( 24 ).

Jeremiah 5 : 1 - Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there be any that does justly, that seeks truth; and I will pardon her. And though they say, As Jehovah lives; surely they swear falsely. O Jehovah, do not your eyes look upon truth? You have stricken them, but they were not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

Jeremiah 9 : 1 - Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people !Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. And they bend their tongue, as it were their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, says Jehovah. Take you heed every one of his neighbor, and trust you not in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go about with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, says Jehovah. Therefore thus says Jehovah of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else should I do, because of the daughter of my people? Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he lays wait for him. Shall I not visit them for these things? says Jehovah; shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the pastures of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none passes through; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the birds of the heavens and the beasts are fled, they are gone. ( 11 ) And I will make Jerusalem heaps, a dwelling-place of jackals; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.

Micah 6 : 9 - Are there yet treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and a scant measure that is abominable? Shall I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag of deceitful weights? For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore I also have smitten you with a grievous wound; I have made you desolate because of your sins. You shall eat, but not be satisfied; and your humiliation shall be in the midst of you: and you shall put away, but shall not save; and that which you save will I give up to the sword. You shall sow, but shall not reap; you shall tread the olives, but shall not anoint yourself with oil; and the vintage, but shall not drink the wine. For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and you walk in their counsels; that I may make you a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof a hissing: and you shall bear the reproach of my people.

Hosea 12 : 7 - He is a trafficker, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress. And Ephraim said, Surely I am become rich, I have found wealth: in all my labors they shall find in me no iniquity that were sin. But I am Jehovah your God from the land of Egypt; I will yet again make you to dwell in tents, as in the days of the solemn feast. I have also spoken to the prophets, and I have multiplied visions; and by the ministry of the prophets have I used similitudes. Is Gilead iniquity? they are altogether false; in Gilgal they sacrifice bullocks; yes, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the field. And Jacob fled into the field of Aram, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. And by a prophet Jehovah brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. Ephraim has provoked to anger most bitterly: therefore shall his blood be left upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return to him.( 14 End )

Jonah 1 : 8 - Then said they to him, Tell us, we pray you, for whose cause this evil is upon us; what is your occupation? and whence come you? what is your country? and of what people are you? And he said to them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear Jehovah, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said to him, What is this that you have done? For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of Jehovah, because he had told them.

Zechariah 5 : 1 - Then again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and, behold, a flying roll. And he said to me, What see you? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole land: for every one that steals shall be cut off on the one side according to it; and every one that swears shall be cut off on the other side according to it. I will cause it to go forth, says Jehovah of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that swears falsely by my name; and it shall abide in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

Zechariah 8 : 16 - These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates; and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, says Jehovah.

Falsity (Old Testament )

2 Samuel 17 : 1 - Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: and I will come upon him while he is weary and weak-handed, and will make him afraid; and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only; and I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seek is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel. Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he says. And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, Ahithophel has spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not, speak you. And Hushai said to Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel has given this time is not good. Hushai said moreover, You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field; and your father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people. Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them are fallen at the first, that whoever hears it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom. And even he that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and they that are with him are valiant men. But I counsel that all Israel be gathered together to you, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that you go to battle in your own person. So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men that are with him we will not leave so much as one. Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there. And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For Jehovah had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that Jehovah might bring evil upon Absalom.

Isaiah 48 : 1 - Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name. I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass; I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I shewed it you: lest you should say, My idol has done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, has commanded them. You have heard, see all this; and will not you declare it? I have shewed you new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them.

Jeremiah 5 : 1 - Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there be any that does justly, that seeks truth; and I will pardon her. And though they say, As Jehovah lives; surely they swear falsely. O Jehovah, do not your eyes look upon truth? you have stricken them, but they were not grieved; you have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. Then I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish; for they know not the way of Jehovah, nor the law of their God: I will get me to the great men, and will speak to them; for they know the way of Jehovah, and the law of their God. But these with one accord have broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, a wolf of the evenings shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch against their cities; every one that goes out thence shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. How can I pardon you? your children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods. When I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery, and assembled themselves in troops at the harlots’ houses. They were as fed horses roaming at large; every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife. Shall I not visit for these things? says Jehovah; and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Go you up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her branches; for they are not Jehovah’s. For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, says Jehovah. They have denied Jehovah, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: ( 13 ) and the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done to them.

Jeremiah 8 : 8 - How do you say, We are wise, and the law of Jehovah is with us? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has wrought falsely. The wise men are put to shame, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of Jehovah; and what manner of wisdom is in them? ( 10 ) Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to them that shall possess them: for every one from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even unto the priest every one deals falsely.

Jeremiah 41 : 1 - Now it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal and one of the chief officers of the king, and ten men with him, came to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah. Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land. Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, to wit, with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, the men of war. And it came to pass the second day after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man knew it, that there came men from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with meal-offerings and frankincense in their hand, to bring them to the house of Jehovah. And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as he met them, he said to them, Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him. But ten men were found among them that said to Ishmael, Slay us not; for we have stores hidden in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren. Now the pit wherein Ishmael cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had slain, by the side of Gedaliah (the same was that which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel,) Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that were slain. Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the children of Ammon. But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon. Now it came to pass that, when all the people that were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, then they were glad. So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah turned about and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah. But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the children of Ammon. Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, to wit, the men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon: and they departed, and dwelt in Geruth Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt, ( 18 End ) because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor over the land.

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Truth is the essence of The Maker.Honesty is His requirement of GigaGuys and GigaGals.With honesty in place in their lives, He gives them the wisdom with which to use it.

Honesty and Truth are invaluable assets for GigaGuys and GigaGals. These two absolutes enable them to trust one another and shortcut the multitude of unreliable checks and tests demanded by modern commerce and communication.GigaGuys and GigaGals can speak confidently before all men because they know that their word, established in basic truth, cannot be faulted.They become known as reliable people. Their integrity gives them superiority as employees, employers, contractors and entrepreneurs.Honesty and truth are the irreplaceable ingredients of stable relationships in marriage, family, friendship and at all domestic levels.



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