Every once in a while you come across a snippet of Scripture that makes you pause for a second. I came across one this morning in the ESV
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor
There is a larger context, which is all about how everyone is full of lies except for God’s Word which is filled with words that “are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”
To establish the awesome purity of God’s words, the Psalmist compares it with our words, which are often times lies. Or exaggerations. Or hyperbole. Or any number of other words that mean “lies.”
I like that. I like that the Bible just cuts to the chase, “Hey, you people, just know that pretty much everything you hear from others is a lie.” I like how God backs up my assumption!
I know, “love believes all things,” and yadda, yadda, yadda, but seriously, everyone lies to their neighbor.
As we lie to our neighbors, Jesus tells us to love them. Love. Lie. What’s the difference, right?
We’ve all caught ourselves in lies to our neighbors. Sometimes they just sneak out as we try to one up our neighbor’s story about cutting down trees. We lie to give compliments, “Oh, I really like what you’ve done with your hair.” So we guarantee ourselves compliments back, even though we know those are as truthful as the compliment we gave!
Our ability to open our mouth and let lies come out is astounding. The more we talk, the higher the odds of a lie coming out.
I know, this is probably just Jeff being cynical again, and clearly the Psalmist is speaking in generalities, which are of course dangerous and wrong. I know the Bible didn’t really mean everyone lies to their neighbor, when it says everyone does.
But wait. God’s word is pure and refined seven times in the fire. It’s all good. No lies. It’s truth. It says everyone lies to his neighbor. Is a person cynical for pointing this out, or is he just quoting Scripture?