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We Need to be Guided by Integrity
Proverbs 12:22 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
22 Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah: The lying lips (שֶׁקֶר sheqer שָׂפָה saphah) belong to one who deceives another with misleading utterly false information about his true feelings of hatred, which causes the other to arrive at a mistaken belief that all is well. The Hebrew noun abomination (תּוֹעֵבָה toebah or תֹּעֵבָה toebah) means something that is an abhorrence, which causes horror and disgust in others, an object to abhor, horror, monster, filth. The sense of toebah is a detestable thing, also implying that it can make a person unclean. The object may be a concrete “thing” or a “way” or “practice,” as lifestyle behavior. – 2 Kings 23:13; Ezra 5:11; 11:21; Daniel 9:27; 11:31; Hosea 9:10.
but those who act faithfully are his delight: Those who act faithfully (אֱמוּנָה emunah) are those who are steadfast and can be trusted to do what they say, always dependable. Delight (רָצוֹן ratson or רָצֹן ratson) here in this verse is God finding those who act faithfully as a source of happiness, pleasure, or joy, meaning they are in an approved condition before him.
These lying lips belong to a person that couldn’t care less about the destruction of the lies in the wake of his deception. The distortion of the truth is this one’s means of making the world mold to his perception of things. Those who lie are disgusting to God. We need to be guided by integrity. We avoid dishonesty because our honesty, faithfulness, and truthfulness tell God of our morality, which delights him.