The Permanence of a Lie
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Acts 5:4
Whiles it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your own power?…

A little boy to sell his paper told a lie. The matter came up in the Sunday school. "Would you tell a lie for three cents?" asked a teacher of one of the boys. "No, ma'am," answered Dick, very decidedly. "For ten cents?" "No, ma'am." "For a dollar?" "No, ma'am." "For a thousand dollars?" Dick was staggered, A thousand dollars looked big — it would buy lots of things. While he was thinking another boy cries out "No, ma'am, because when the thousand dollars are gone and the things you have got with them are gone too, the lie is there all the same." Ah, yes! That is so. A lie sticks. Everything else may go, but that will stay, and you will have to carry it round with you, whether you will or no — a hard and heavy load.

(Biblical Museum.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

WEB: While you kept it, didn't it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men, but to God."

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