here @ Bible Gateway). As you read it note the verbs:
The second, “speak,” has the object “truth.” The Lord expects us to speak truth to one another. This is echoed, quoted really, by Paul in Ephesians 4:25 (here @ Bible Gateway) and Colossians 3:9 (here @ Bible Gateway).
The next “judge” is interesting. We are to judge with truth but also with judgement. This is the second time truth shows up in this passage. The word translated “judgement” shows up 421 times in the text; 105 of those times it is translated “ordinance.” The implication is that our judgement is not arbitrary but follows a guide, creed, or standard. In the use of that judgement there is no room for anything but truth.
The next two verbs are negated. We are “not to devise” evil. We are not to think through, plan, scheme, how to do wrong,
“Love” is the next verb negated. We are not to love perjury. Lying about someone or something.
So based on these observations the Lord instruct us through Zechariah to:
- Speak truth
- Judge with truth and judgement
- Not plot evil
- Not love lying
What we hear, read, and experience on a daily basis is more like:
- Speaking falsehoods
- Bias and skewed judgements
- Evil plots
- Committed Liars