What does the Bible say about deception and dishonesty?

Is honesty the best policy? Or is it better to hide the dirt under a beautiful carpet? What does the Bible say?

'Your scales and weights must be accurate. Your containers for measuring dry materials or liquids must be accurate. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt.' Leviticus 19:36

'An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.' Proverbs 24:26

'A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.' Proverbs 12:17

'Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.' Proverbs 16:11

'You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.' Deuteronomy 25:15

'And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God's word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.' Luke 8:15

Proverbs 11:3; Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 29:14; 1 Chronicles 29:17; Jeremiah 5:3; Psalms 32:2

Hiding The Truth From Jesus.

What would Jesus say about delibrately trying to deceive 'enemies' and former JW's (apostates) who leave the organization? See God is Love


What would Jesus say about judicial committees, disfellowshipping, shunning, lack of love, control, manipulation, forbidding blood transfusions, forbidding the celebration of holidays with family, keeping secrets for selfish gain, and other hurtful things? Luke 6:27-41

What would Jesus say about looking good on the outside and hiding the truth?

Jesus said this. 'Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.' Matthew 23:27. See Theocratic Warfare