Exodus 20:16

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not beare false witnes against thy neighbour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not give false witness against your neighbour.
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
- World English Bible

`Thou dost not answer against thy neighbour a false testimony.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:13) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:16


20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness - This forbids, Speaking falsely in any matter, lying, equivocating, and any way devising and designing to deceive our neighbour. Speaking unjustly against our neighbour, to the prejudice of his reputation; And (which is the highest offence of both these kinds put together) Bearing false witness against him, laying to his charge things that he knows not, either upon oath, by which the third commandment, the sixth or eighth, as well as this, are broken, or in common converse, slandering, backbiting, tale - bearing, aggravating what is done amiss, and any way endeavouring to raise our own reputation upon the ruin of our neighbor's.


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Irene123
    The 'sabbath' has been researched - by Jesus Himself, no less - Mk. 2:27.
  • A disciple
    We cannot come to God without His guidance and direction and protection; for we would perish instantly in His presence. From the beginning, the word of our redemption and salvation was uttered by God and it is all under His authority that we even be allowed to live. The commandments are for us to learn from Him, to seek His nature as our example, to become like Him; because that's why we are made.
  • Peter

    to Jeanette
    I have been thinking of replying to your comment but i did't know why. Then later i though of it, your comment makes me feel good. Thank you. I like it, it just makes me feel good.
    Have a good day, keep up the good work.
  • Jamie
    Jesus is our sabbath rest. For a Christian every day is a day of worship. Legalism doesn't help further the gospel. Colossians 2v16.
  • Mary johnson
    I believe with every fiber of my being that Gods commandments are true and binding. All ten of them. God does not change. The very one commandment God said to remember to keep holy is the very one MOST do not keep holy. The Roman Catholic church admits that they changed God' 7th day Sabbath to the 1st day of the week. Only God in heaven has the authority. Not any man on this earth. Research it !
  • Peter
    I think that I have it figured out. We should naturally know how to respect GOD; but unfortunately we do not know maybe and i even think that we do not know how to respect others and even our earthy father or Dads. God tells us he will hold us responsible for taking his name in vane because that surely shows disrespect; and He make sure that there is no mistake about this as He is telling you.

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