A physical-minded person might see Proverbs 12:19 differently than a spiritual born-again Christian. It took me some study and praying to understand it. I have a step-sister, April, and she says there is nothing wrong with a little white lie. Many Christians have the same point of view if a little white lie benefits them or others for a reason. A little white lie on a job application, rental, or mortgage agreement is still a lie in God’s eyes. Those lies will exist and go on if the person gains a job or a place to live; if lying, got them there. The moment Proverbs 12:19 is talking about is not talking about physical time, like 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours, or even 80 years. But it refers to the time of human life, from when a person is born until they die. Some children are born dead like a stillborn, and many people live to be 75 or 98. Compared to how the eternal holy scripture measures time, 75 or 120 years of a lifetime is still short. The bondservants Moses, Isaiah, and James, said this in their biblical writings.
James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin.
Psalm 90:8 You have placed our guilty deeds before You, Our hidden sins in the light of Your presence. 9 For all our days have dwindled away in Your fury; We have finished our years like a sigh.10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is only trouble and tragedy; For it quickly passes, and we disappear. 11 Who understands the power of Your anger And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You? 12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Moses writes in Psalm 90 to teach our hearts to have wisdom, oh God. The book of Proverbs is all about wisdom to teach a child to have godly long lives. The moment in Chapter 12, verse 19, means when a person lies and continues to live a lie when they pass away, they perish. A wise child of God will learn not to lie, and when they do, they repent to God and the person or people they lied to, and that child will have everlasting life. When I was in middle school, I started to say swear words. My friend then told me, “Sam, don’t curse; each curse word is another step down into hell,” The way to Father God’s kingdom is by following Jesus, the way the truth, the way to life. Lying will get no one to the heavenly kingdom. God bless you all; Jesus loves, and so do I. Samuel Jerry Head, the Lord bondservant.
Isaiah 65:20 No longer will there be in it an infant who lives only a few days, Or an old person who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of a hundred, And the one who does not reach the age of a hundred Will be thought accursed. 21 They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They will not build and another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will fully enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They will not labor in vain, Or give birth to children for disaster; For they are the descendants of those blessed by the Lord, And their descendants with them.