This was said by the Lord, said by the Arahant, so I heard:
“Bhikkhus, I say that for an individual who transgresses in one thing, there is no evil deed whatsoever he would not do. What is that one thing? It is this, bhikkhus: deliberately telling a lie.”
This is the meaning of what the Lord said. So in regard to this it was said:
There is no evil that cannot be done
By a person who deliberately lies,
Who transgresses in one thing,
Taking no account of the next world.
This too is the meaning of what was said by the Lord, so I heard.
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