What Does The Bible Say About Bearing False Witness?

When confronted by power, visible profit and love, people sometimes commit a sin and stand for falsity.

In the Bible, bearing 'false witness' is included among the seven things that God detests. When small lies add up , we become less sensitive and numb to sin, and this results in greater sin. We must not be dull toward sin but keenly aware. 

The following verses are messages warning against bearing false witness. May the word of God awaken our spirit to discern good and evil, that we may stand upright in the truth.

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
   - Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV

A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
   - Proverbs 19:5 NIV

A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.
   - Proverbs 19:9 NIV

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
      - Exodus 20:16 NIV

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
   - Ephesians 4:25 NIV

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
   - 1 John 2:4 NIV

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
   - Revelation 21:8 NIV

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
   - John 8:44 NIV

“Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,
   - Matthew 19:18 NIV

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
   - 1 John 4:1 NIV

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
   - John 14:6 NIV

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
   - Matthew 24:24 NIV

And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
   - Revelation 22:19 NIV

“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
   - Matthew 15:16-20 NIV

If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime, the two people involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the Lord before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite, then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you
   - Deuteronomy 19:16-21 NIV

 

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