25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is deceitful.
26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for their children it will be a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death.
There is more to deceit than lies. False witnesses often emphasize the facts that fit their agenda, while ignoring the rest, to intentionally mislead. It is the outcome that counts, not the words used, and deceit leads to bondage no matter how it is accomplished. But “a truthful witness saves lives,” freeing them from the tyranny of deceit, which enslaves culprit and victim alike.
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” In the Lord we have both fortress and fountain, security and vitality. Fearing the Lord means both obedience (Psalm 128:1) and trust (Psalm 147:11). The best opportunities for obedience are commands we don’t like, and the best opportunities for trust are in circumstances we don’t understand.
Wisdom is on the other side of obedience and trust, for us as well as our children. A person may take refuge in their own reason or skill, or those of someone else, but these fortresses are far from secure. If not the Lord, whom do you obey? If not Him, whom do you trust?