Top 16 Bible Verses About Cheating
There are several different types of cheating such as cheating on a spouse or cheating on a test during school. However, no matter what, cheating is not spoken about favorably in the Bible. Here are our top 16 Bible verses about cheating.
5 Stories From The Bible About Cheating
Here are 5 stories from the Bible about cheating.
One of the so-called seven deadly sins is that of a lying tongue. God hates lying, and “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). The faithful will tell the truth, even when it’s to their own hurt. The faithful know they are striving to please an audience of One and not those in the world. Their desire is to speak the truth…no matter what the consequences are.
Held in Honor
Cheating on a spouse is actually sinning against one’s own body, and that seems to have very serious implications in the Bible. This is the only sin that is not outside of the body but directly against the body (1 Corinthians 6:18), so God says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4).
Solomon wrote, “Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool” (Proverbs 19:1). Why? Because the poor man doesn’t have to keep making up lies to cover his first lie. What a tangled web we can weave when we start to deceive by lying, so it’s always better to tell the truth than try to construct a series of lies that we’ll get tangled up in later on.
Reaping What’s Been Sown
A farmer only reaps what he plants. He plants good seed, good seed comes up, but if he sowed weeds, that’s all he’d get…not seeds, so “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). We can be forgiven by God, but the consequences may go on. We cannot sow to the flesh and expect a harvest of spiritual fruits (Galatians 6:8).
Doing the Right Thing
Have you ever felt you should have done something but didn’t, only to regret it later? Hey, welcome to the club. I’ve done it to, but James writes that “whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). If I have the means and ability to help and I don’t, to me, that’s sin. Even something like telling a half-truth is wrong. A half-truth is a whole lie. By omitting certain things, we can shade things the way we want others to see them, but that too is cheating by lying.
We can fool others and maybe even ourselves, but we cannot fool God, since “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9). Our cheating will always backfire…if not in this life, in the life to come, for we will give an account for every idle word, careless deed, and sin of omission before the Lord, so “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways” (Proverbs 28:6).
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