The 9th Commandment: You Shall Not Commit False Witness
What does "you shall not commit false witness" mean?
You shall not commit false witness is the ninth of the 10 Commandments.
Summary: "The 9th commandment safeguards honor and good name among men. Slander, defamation, false testimony in court and kindred sins are included." (IBSE)
Scripture: Exodus 20:16, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."
Relationship focus: People and people
The Ninth Commandment
The command against false testimony is seen as a natural consequence of the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This moral prescription flows from the command for holy people to bear witness to their deity.
Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of covenant with God.
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