Bible Verses Related to Truthfulness

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Don’t forget to ask your children the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? When? and How? Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family.

NOTE: The lists below show the uses of the major Hebrew and Greek words which refer to truthfulness in the Bible. The lexical definitions are taken from Strong’s Concordance.

0571 ’emeth {eh’-meth}
contracted from 0539; TWOT – 116k
AV – truth 92, true 18, truly 7, right 3, faithfully 2, assured 1, assuredly 1, establishment 1, faithful 1, sure 1, verity 1; 127
1) firmness, faithfulness, truth
1a) sureness, reliability
1b) stability, continuance
1c) faithfulness, reliableness
1d) truth
1d1) as spoken
1d2) of testimony and judgment
1d3) of divine instruction
1d4) truth as a body of ethical or religious knowledge
1d5) true doctrine adv
2) in truth, truly

  • Exodus 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place [such] over them, [to be] rulers of thousands, [and] rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
  • Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
  • Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
  • 1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done for you. {how…: or, what a great thing}
  • 2 Chronicles 31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought [that which was] good and right and truth before the LORD his God.
  • Psalm 15:1-2  LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? {abide: Heb. sojourn}  He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
  • Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgements of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. {true: Heb. truth}
  • Psalms 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
  • Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
  • Psalms 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.
  • Psalms 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
  • Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.
  • Psalms 119:151 Thou [art] near, O LORD; and all thy commandments [are] truth.
  • Psalms 119:160 Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgements [endureth] for ever. {Thy word…: Heb. The beginning of thy word is true}
  • Psalms 145:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
  • Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
  • Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.
  • Proverbs 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies.
  • Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.
  • Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
  • Zechariah 8:16 These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: {execute…: Heb. judge truth, and the judgment of peace}

0530 ’emuwnah {em-oo-naw’) or (shortened) ’emunah {em-oo-naw’}
from 0529; TWOT – 116e; n f
AV – faithfulness 18, truth 13, faithfully 5, office 5, faithful 3, faith 1, stability 1, steady 1, truly 1, verily 1; 49
1) firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness

  • Deuteronomy 32:4 [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.
  • Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD [is] right; and all his works [are done] in truth.
  • Psalms 100:5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations. {to all…: Heb. to generation and generation}
  • Psalms 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgements have I laid [before me].
  • Proverbs 12:17 [He that] speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
  • Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

08537 tom {tome}
from 08552; TWOT – 2522a; n m
AV – integrity 11, upright 2, uprightly 2, uprightness 2,venture 2, full 1, perfect 1, perfection 1, simplicity 1; 23
1) integrity, completeness
1a) completeness, fulness
1b) innocence, simplicity
1c) integrity

  • Psalms 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
  • Psalms 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
  • Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.
  • Proverbs 19:1 Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
  • Proverbs 20:7 The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are] blessed after him.
  • Proverbs 28:6 Better [is] the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than [he that is] perverse [in his] ways, though he [be] rich.

225 aletheia {al-ay’-thi-a}
from 227; TDNT – 1:232,37; n f
AV – truth 107, truly + 1909 1, true 1, verity 1; 110
1) objectively
1a) what is true in any matter under consideration
1a1) truly, in truth, according to truth
1a2) of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly
1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth
1b1) in the greatest latitude
1b2) the true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention
1c) the truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians
2) subjectively
2a) truth as a personal excellence
2a1) that candour of mind which is free from affection, pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit

  • John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
  • John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
  • John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
  • John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
  • John 4:24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
  • John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
  • John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. {of his own: or, from his own will or disposition}
  • John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
  • John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; {in the truth: or, with the truth}
  • 2 Corinthians 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
  • Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
  • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  • Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
  • Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
  • Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  • James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
  • 1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
  • 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
  • 1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
  • 1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
  • 1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
  • 3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.