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The 9th Commandment: You Shall Not Commit False Witness



What does "you shall not commit false witness" mean?

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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

Prohibition: Yes



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.



The 10 Commandments

The 1st Commandment:
You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me
The 6th Commandment:
You Shall Not Murder
The 2nd Commandment:
You Shall Not Make for Yourself Any Graven Images
The 7th Commandment:
You Shall Not Commit Adultery
The 3rd Commandment:
You Shall Not Misuse the Name of God
The 8th Commandment:
You Shall Not Steal
The 4th Commandment:
You Shall Keep the Sabbath
The 9th Commandment:
You Shall Not Commit False Witness
The 5th Commandment:
You Shall Obey Your Parents
The 10th Commandment:
You Shall Not Covet
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