Prevarication Is To Avoid Being Truthful Or Direct

So the aim of prevarication is to avoid being truthful or direct. We must know that to avoid stating the truth is, in reality, a lie. Actually, prior to 2011, I had not heard of this word, so this is a quick snack to give us a few details about this sin.

Created: Friday, October 21, 2022

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For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator Galatians 2:18 (DouayRheims).

G3848 parabates transgressor
Galatians 2:18 prevaricator – Latin: praevaricatorem; Greek: παραβάτης parabates (par-ab-at’-ace) a violator; rebel; law-breaker. KJV: breaker, transgress(-or).

3 examples of prevarication

1. Elisha avoided being truthful or direct
Then Elisha said to Hazael, “Go and tell Ben-Hadad, ‘You will live.’ But really the Lord told me, ‘He will die.’” 2 Kings 8:10 (ERV) [read 2 Kings 8:7-15].
2. Abraham was not direct when he said his wife was his sister
Abraham tells Pharoah and Abimelek that Sarah, is his sister, but deliberately concealed the truth about their marriage: Genesis 12:10-20 (prevaricates to Pharoah); Genesis 20:1-18 (prevaricates to Abimelek).
3. Sarah avoided telling the truth
Then Sarah denied (it), saying, I did not laugh; for she was afraid. And He said, No, but you did laugh. Genesis 18:15 (MKJV) [read Genesis 18:1-15].


Can you think of other examples of prevarication in the Scriptures?


Get out of telling the truth: to avoid giving a direct and honest answer or opinion, or a clear and truthful account of a situation, especially by quibbling or being deliberately ambiguous or misleading. Evasion of the truth; deceit, evasiveness. To lie, mislead, or conceal the truth deliberately.

A divergence from the truth, equivocation, quibbling, a want of plain-dealing or straightforwardness, especially a deliberate misrepresentation by evasive answers, often used as a less offensive synonym for a lie. The Latin praevaricatio was specifically applied to the conduct in an action at law in which an advocate ( praevaricator ) in collusion with his opponent put up a bad case of defence. Praevaricare meant literally to walk with the legs very wide apart, to straddle, hence to walk crookedly, to stray from the direct road, varicus, straddling, being derived from varus, bow-legged, a word which has been connected etymologically with German quer, transverse, across, and English “queer.” — prevarication – 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

I found the word prevaricate or a similar term in the following versions of the English Bible:
♦ Catholic Public Domain Version (CPDV), Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA), Douay-Rheims Bible (DRB), and Douay-Rheims Challoner (DRC)
♦ Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB) and the Wycliffe Bible (WYC).

Do not be a liar

For Adam was first formed, afterward Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived, in breaking of the law [in prevarication, or breaking of the law]. 15 But she shall be saved by generation of children, if she dwell perfectly in faith, and love, and holiness, with soberness. 1 Timothy 2:13-15 (WYC) [read 1 Timothy 2:8-15].

Do not be a prevaricator or guilty of prevarication; Revelation 21:8 “…all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and sulphur: which is the second death.” (RKJNT)

The idea is, to not lie and to not avoid telling the truth. Because, in reality, prevarication is lying and avoids being truthful or direct! I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible snack. Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim. ☺

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