Playing Around with the Truth

Abraham and Sarah had told King Abimelech that they were brother and sister, which was true, but they avoided telling the king that they were also husband and wife.
When the king discovered their relationship, he confronted Abraham about it, and he said in his defense, “But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother”‘” (Genesis 20:12-13).
Okay, Abraham spoke the truth, sort of, that Sarah was his sister, but he did not speak all the truth that the king needed to hear.
Yes, sometimes we have to hold truth back and not speak, as Jesus did at His trials, but if we hold back truth in an attempt to deceive, then we have gone into territory that the Lord does not endorse.

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