Wise Fridays: When Does God Lie?

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Great is peace, seeing that for its sake even God modified the truth.

–Babylonian Talmud Yevamot 65b

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Posted on May 21, 2010

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3 thoughts on “Wise Fridays: When Does God Lie?

  1. Matthue Roth

    You can see the original Talmud page here. Here’s the background, which explains it a bit:

    Rabbi Illa’a cited Rabbi Yehuda son of Rabbi Shimon: It is permissible to change {a statement} for the purposes of peace, for it is stated in Genesis 50:17:

    So shall ye say unto Joseph: Forgive, I pray thee now, the transgression of thy brethren, and their sin, for that they did unto thee evil. And now, we pray thee, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of thy father.’ And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him.

    That translation is taken from ParshaBlog, where there’s an interesting discussion about whether Joseph’s brothers lied to him about what their father asked of them — even if it was for a good or worthy cause.

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