This is a contentious issue. Most husbands would lie if an armed intruder asked if his wife was hiding in the house. If he said, “Yes, she’s under the bed,” then he would be enabling her murder. What would he say if he’s forced at gunpoint to watch while the gunman rapes his wife before murdering her: “Sorry, honey; I didn’t want to tell a lie”? These scenarios are often brought up by the unsaved to justify lying. But God knows the difference between incidents like these to protect the life of innocent victims, the use of “discretion” to protect someone’s feelings, and bold, deceitful lies to protect ourselves.
Joshua 2:4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.”