Proverbs 12:19
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New International Version
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

King James Bible
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Darby Bible Translation
The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

World English Bible
Truth's lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary.

Young's Literal Translation
The lip of truth is established for ever, And for a moment -- a tongue of falsehood.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A lying tongue is but for a moment - Truth stands for ever; because its foundation is indestructible: but falsehood may soon be detected; and, though it gain credit for a while, it had that credit because it was supposed to be truth.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Zechariah 1:4-6 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus said the LORD of hosts...

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.


Proverbs 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...

Acts 5:3-10 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land...

The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
1 Kings 13:18
The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.)

Psalm 52:4
You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!

Psalm 52:5
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.

Proverbs 12:20
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.

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