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Shall Not Bear False Witness

What is the proper definition and application of, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor?" How would Jesus have applied this commandment?

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//What is the proper definition and application of, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor?"

The verse truly means that one should not slander others either in word or deed. Gossip is one of the major ways that people bear false witness against others. The objective is to downgrade others mostly by words.

How would Jesus apply this commandment? It would be of the heart as well as the mind, the intent over against the deed itself.
---lee1538 on 1/19/12


It means do not lie about others. In detail it means, do not say that someone did or did said something which they truly did not do or say: and vice versa likewise, do not say that someone did not do or did not say something which they truly did do or say.
---Eloy on 1/19/12


No one backs up this story yet all point to this as bonafide proof of life after death??
Just asking where you draw the line!
---1st_cliff on 1/12/12

This is a parable. A short story of Jesus not an actual event.
---Scott1 on 1/16/12


Simple: Don't spread anything false on anyone. Anything from idle gossip to the court house. Just don't lie about any one. If you hear information about someone & you don't know for a fact that it is true, don't tell any one what you heard. Do not spread false information.
---Reba on 1/13/12


Bearing false witness against God is more detrimental to one's soul than bearing false witness against your neighbor (not that I condone this). Jesus taught

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40

What's the point of not bearing false witness against your neighbor when you bear false witness against God everyday? One have failed in the "first and great commandment" which is sure damnation. Isn't that what the world teaches today?
---christan on 1/14/12




Bill Willa, Do you extend that same belief (2 or 3 witnesses) to Luke's writing of the Rich man and Lazarus? No one backs up this story yet all point to this as bonafide proof of life after death??
Just asking where you draw the line!
---1st_cliff on 1/12/12


One thing > if I am not an eye witness to something, it is false for me to state it as fact, unless we have obeyed how Paul has said, "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established." (in 2 Corinthians 13:1) This goes with Deuteronomy 19:15-21.

So, when people make general statements about a group of people, without personally knowing each one, this can be false witness. Jesus wants us to love each one personally, and find out what to do to love each one.
---Bill_willa6989 on 1/12/12


It is dealing with two Hebrew terms Sheqer Strong's H8267 & Ed Strong's H5707. Sheqer deals with false speech in general, [untruth, shams, anything associated with lying]. Ed restricts the meaning of Sheqer to speech specifically being associates with being a witness in a legal proceeding or dispute civil or criminal. The two terms in combination are exceptionally restrictive in interpretation.
---Blogger9211 on 1/11/12


Bottom line: You won't lie.
---wivv on 1/11/12


Anon: When God is talking about our neighbors, He is referring to all the other people we come into contact with, not our neighbors who live nearby. Jesus points that out when He tells the story of the Good Samaritan. Samaritans were not the actual neighbor of the man who needed help and was ignored by the other two. Samaritans were viewed as the enemy.
---Trish on 1/11/12




What you say about others will affect YOU, anon.

God is concerned about everybody.
---Cluny on 1/11/12


Don't witness falsely about your neighbor, don't lie about them or to them.

My neighbor has done that to me and I just ignore her. Turns out everyone in the complex stays away from her and when I moved in, no one warned me of her, so now I smile and say hello and keep my distance. I wonder why God is so concerned about our neighbors?
---anon on 1/11/12


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