Truthful Lips Will Be Established Forever

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10) “Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.” If all the people in the world worshipped lies, they would be annulled. But this light and radiance that shines from the sun is certainly true. Also, the stars in the sky are true. And if they say and call upon those gods for their mind is deficient and foolish, it is not a reason for the Creator to obliterate His deeds from the world. Even in the future, the stars and lights will not be blotted out from the world, but those who worship them will be blotted out.

11) “Truthful lips will be established forever.” Those are Israel, who are the truthful lips, who say, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” And all is true and they conclude with reading of the “Shema [Hear]… the Lord is your God, truth.” This is “Truthful lips will be established forever.”

12) How long will they persist in the world, until the future comes and I have rest from their hard labor? It is written of Israel, who are the truthful lips, “The people which I formed for Myself, that they might tell of My praise.”

13) Once, a bishop encountered Rabbi Eliezer. He told him, “Do you know the Torah of the Jews?” And he replied, “I do.” He told him, “Do you not say that your faith and your law are true, and that our faith and our laws are false? It is written, ‘Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.’ We have always had kingship, and it has never parted with us, generation after generation. Thus, it will certainly be built forever. You, however, had kingship for a short time, and it immediately parted with you. Thus, the verse, ‘A lying tongue is only for a moment’ comes true in you.”

14) He told him, “I see that you were wise in the Torah, damned be the spirit of that man. Had the writing said, ‘You have established forever,’ it would have been as you said. But it does not say this, but ‘Will be established forever,’ which means that the truthful lip will be established in the future. This is not so now, for now the untruthful lip stands and the truthful lip lies in the dust. When truth stands up and rises out of the earth, then ‘Truthful lips will be established forever.’”

15) The bishop told him, “Right you are, and happy is the nation of the Torah, for they have inherited the truth.” After some days, we heard that he had converted. They went, came to a field, and prayed their prayer. After they prayed their prayer they said, “Henceforth, we will bond with Divinity and go and engage in Torah.”

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