Falsehood and Lies

Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; Proverbs 30:7-8

Agur, the writer of this Proverb, wants two intangible things from the LORD. First he wants to be honest. Perhaps he realizes his natural (and sinful) tendency to stray from the truth. Perhaps he understands the powr and significance of truth.

It’s a noble request to be sure.

A second (and reasonable) reading of this verse could be that Agur is praying that God will protect Him from those who would lie and cheat him.

In any event, Agur is seeking to be pure in God’s eyes. God will honor that request, though I suspect it needs to be prayed regularly, if not daily.

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