A lying tongue
Lying is hateful to God because he is the God of truth. Everything about God revolves around truth. His son was “the truth”:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
We are also told that God cannot lie:
God is not a man, that He should lie, (Numbers 23:19)
The message of salvation that God sent us is termed “the word of Truth”. (Colossians 1:5).
So everything related to God is the truth. So the lying tongue is listed in “the things which God hates” because it is contrary to everything that is precious to God and profitable to men.
But lying, unfortunately, has been part of man from the beginning. Just think about the history of man – at the creation of man it was a lie that led to Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden – this in turn led to the downfall of mankind.
It was also a lie that led to the leprosy of Gehazi:
Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.” Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow. (2 Kings 5:25-27)
We need to understand, that there are not different levels of a lie from harmless to serious. The Bible reveals that God does not recognise any lie as ” little ” or ” white.” All lies are serious before God. Neither does God recognise untruthfulness as an escape from a position disadvantageous to ourselves. ” He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life, but he that openeth wide his lips, shall have destruction.”
The 100% truth is the only acceptable position to God.