A sword is on the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is on her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
I. IT IS ONE WHICH THEY WIELD. It cuts asunder:
1. The ties which bind man to man.
2. Those which bind the soul to truth and virtue.
3. Those which bind the heart to God.
4. Those which would lead the man to eternal life.
II. IT IS ONE WHICH THEY FEEL. It pierces the soul with shame, with anguish, with a deadly wound.
III. IT IS ONE BY WHICH THEY WILL SOONER OR LATER BE DESTROYED.
1. It is often so in this life. Men will league themselves together against a liar as against a wild beast or serpent, to destroy it. In the hearts of all men there is a protest against lies. That protest cannot be stifled universally, or for long, or over wide reaches of the world. It will break forth. It did break forth, and down went the paganism of the Roman empire, the priestly lies of the Church of Rome in the days of the Reformation, the political lies of despots as in the French Revolution, the Jesuitical lies by which that order has been disgraced and on account of which it has once and again been driven forth in shame. And the like of all this is seen in the condemnation and punishment of the convicted liars even now.
2. But yet more will it be so hereafter. See the awful doom that is pronounced against liars in the Word of God: "All liars shall have their part in the lake of fire, which is the second death." CONCLUSION.
1. Dread this sword.
2. Love and cherish truth, in thought, word, and deed.
3. Give yourself to him who is the Truth. - C.
Parallel VersesKJV: A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.