Summary: The hidden motive back of each commandment is worship. Since everything a Christian does should praise God, all of the Ten Commandments revolve around worshipping God.

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“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Ex. 20:16).


1. Relationship. Why did God say, Thou shalt not lie? Because you know when you lie, you cannot lie to yourself. We lie to others.

2. Destroys self-respect. If we cannot lie to ourself, how can we harm ourself?

3. Harms others in every way. What does lying do to others?

4. Satan. Where does lying come from? “Satan is the father of lies” (John 8:44).

5. Eve lied first. Can we blame our lying on the Devil? Satan asked, “Did God say you must not eat from any tree in the Garden” (Gen. 3:1, ELT)? Eve responded, “We must not eat ... nor touch” (Gen. 3:3, ELT).

6. Distorts God’s Word. How does Satan lie to us today? Did God really say “no?”


1. Does lying include any exaggeration?

“Tell them I am not here.”

“You never do any of the work.”

“That’s the prettiest baby I have ever seen.”

“My you look younger (or slimmer).”

2. Does lying include silence?

“Who did this?”

Taking credit for something you did not do.


1. White lie: Perceived as good for both teller and the victim of the lie.

2. Political lie or flattery: a compliment when the teller perceives the thing complimented is not good, but is what the listener wants to hear.

3. Gossip: telling what should not be told, i.e., revealing a secret.

4. Sinister lie: giving an untruth for our evil purpose.

5. Jovial lie: lying in an obvious way without malice, so both teller and listener know it is not true.

6. Half lie: telling the truth, but not the whole truth.

7. Excuse: misrepresenting the truth about a failure on our part.

8. Hypocrisy: attempts to deceive another about something you are not (the New Testament word referred to an actor using a mask to play the role of another).

9. Justifying lie: to convince others they would have taken a similar action.

10. Face-saving lie: misrepresentation to avoid embarrassment. (Sarah told God, "I did not laugh.").

11. Evangelistically speaking: the exaggeration of religious results. (Ananias and Sapphira).

12. Propaganda: used in military times to make one’s position.

13. Advertisement: sometimes used to exaggerate the merits of a product.

14. Cheating: using material that is not yours with a view of misrepresentation (exams and income taxes).

15. Demonic lies: evil spirits are the source of mis-representing the nature of righteousness and evil (Rom. 1:25; II Thess. 2:11).

16. Spin: interpreting obvious facts to your favor (politics).

17. Plausibility of denial: people conspire to conceal their involvement by claiming they didn’t know.


1. Misrepresents or hides the truth.

You hurt the other person who does not know the truth.

The more serious a lie, the more danger to the other person.

2. A lie makes a deceiver out of the liar.

To cover up, or hide something.

To seduce someone to the liar’s advantage.

To get something (illegally) for the liar.

3. Builds wrong relationship with another.

The relationship is not built on honesty.

Lying destroys love and respect.

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