He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit
(Proverbs 12:17, NKJV). Fairly obvious, isn’t it? Sometimes the most obvious
can be the first missed. Truth in the ultimate context pertains to the
righteousness of the Lord; what can man know about that which is right unless
the Lord declares what it is? Truth in a local, or practical context,
pertains to saying what is right at the time it needs to be said. It could be a
matter of fact that sheds light on something that is, otherwise, unknown or
unclear. The one who is deceitful, however, manipulates for his own purposes.