Is lying approved or condemned?

Proverbs 12:22 (also Ex 20:16, Rev 21:8)

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

James 2:25 (story of Rahab - Josh 2:1-21)

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

Exodus 1:18-21

Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."

So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

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