Fools tell lies. Whether it's an evil scheme to get what they want or just the easy way out of a difficult situation, dishonesty is never the wise course. Truly wise people are honest and have integrity.
Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 19:1, 5, 9, 22, and 28
1 It is better to be a poor person with integrity than a fool who twists words.
5 A witness who lies will be convicted. Someone who tells lies will not get away.
9 A witness who lies will be convicted. Someone who tells lies will be destroyed.
22 We long for people to be faithful; a poor man is better than a liar.
28 An evil witness mocks justice and takes a gulp of terrible trouble with every lie they tell.
Notice how verses 5 and 9 say almost the same exact thing. Why would there two nearly identical proverbs in the same chapter? Because telling the truth is essential to healthy relationships, civil society, and God demands it. Be honest. Strive for integrity. Be a loyal friend. Practice telling the truth in love. Even if it's harder in the short-term, it's always better in the long run and God will honor you.
"Father, help me to be honest and faithful in the way I live and the things I do. Amen."