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Likewise dangerous to the legal system are the "lying tongue" (rqw Nvwl)50 and the "treacherous"

(Mydgvb)51 who are unreliable and untrustworthy.52

Yahweh will ruin their words.53 Of course, such false words and speakers would present little problem in the long run were it not for the fact that

An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongues Proverbs 17:4

Eager hearing of false reports is ultimately just as damaging to the judicial system and community health as the false reports themselves.

In the less specific and more common realm of daily life such false speech is also encountered and abhorred. "Lying lips" (rqw-ytpW) are an abomination to Yahweh

and are used to conceal hatred.54 The lying tongue can be used to gain wealth, fleeting though it may be,55 or it can

50

6:17; 12:19.

51

2:22; 11:3, 6; 13:2, 15; 21:18; 22:12; 23:28; 25:19.

52

25:19.

53

22:12.

54

10:18; 12:22; cf. 26:24.

55

21:6.

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