Honesty In The Meaning Of Honesty

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Deceptive honesty, deception that highlights honesty. Can we use honesty to justify deceit? We can say an individual is honest when they do not lie, but what about an individual that brings out the truth in others? One’s ability to understand, interpret, and conjure the truth may make them even more truthful than someone who is always honest.

“Why are you fearful?” (42:2) are the first words spoken by Jacob at the start his sons’ journey to Egypt. This innocent question carries with it an overarching theme of Genesis— that there is no need for fear when being honest. In the story of Jacob’s son, Joseph, one can see how deception can bring out fear and in doing so, evoke even more truth. The story of Joseph’s deceit toward his brothers would perhaps be more accurately called one of honesty. His original lie ultimately gave way to far more truth than deception. Joseph’s lie gave us insight into his own character and allows us to better understand why he was chosen by God to be an interpreter of His words.

In the first of meeting between Jacob and his brothers in Egypt truth immediately begins to arise from Joseph’s duplicity. The language used by Joseph and Jacob, both of whom have a strong connection to God, at the very beginning of chapter 42 already insinuate a need for honesty. The idea of the “land’s nakedness” (42:10) referred to many times is a symbol of the “naked” uncensored truth that Joseph’s brothers will extol. The surprising honesty of

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