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.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
- Exodus 20:17

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
- Ephesians 5:3

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
- 1 Corinthians 6:9

Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.
- Malachi 1:14

“If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.
- Deuteronomy 22:22

“You shall not commit adultery.
- Exodus 20:14

And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her.
- Leviticus 18:20

Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”
- Genesis 27:36

Then Moses said, “Behold, I am going out from you and I will plead with the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow. Only let not Pharaoh cheat again by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.”
- Exodus 8:29

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
- Romans 13:13

yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me.
- Genesis 31:7

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
- Matthew 5:27-28

Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
- Psalm 49:5

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
- Galatians 5:19-21

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Romans 13:9

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Total Quotes Found: 16

5 Stories From The Bible About Cheating

Here are 5 stories from the Bible about cheating.

Lying Lips

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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