Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exodus 20:16

What is bearing false witness? It seems as though it might have been originally intended to prohibit lying in a court of law. In Biblical times anyone caught lying during their testimony could be forced to submit to whatever punishment would have been imposed on the accused… including the death penalty.

During this time there was no official prosecutor. Therefore anyone who made accusations of a crime committed and ‘bear witness’ against them was by default the prosecutor for the people.

Some say that behavior like gossiping qualifies as ‘bearing false witness against thy neighbor.’ While gossip can be hurtful and be ‘against one’s neighbor,’ however, if it is true, it cannot, by definition be false.

“Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause… Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous (Exodus 23:1-8)

LET IT BE KNOWN: “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Yes! Contrary to what many of us have been taught, the Lord Does Hate.

May the Lord add a blessing to the study of his word.

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