01 Jan 2013 
#26 Why would Paul repeatedly affirm he did not lie?

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In my observations, someone who say he/she is not lying on a particular (but important) point, usually know he/she is believed to have been a liar before.

Romans 9:1 "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,"
2 Corinthians 11:31 "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not."
Galatians 1:20
"Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not."

And Paul admitted in Romans 3:7 to be an adept of "pious" lies.

Draw your conclusion.

Cordially, Bernard

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Comment from: gakuseidon

I wonder if another possibility is that this is simply an idiom? In English we say ''believe me!'', to add emphasis. Could ''I lie not'' be an idiom? 2013-01-07