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

  • Steve morrow
    EXODUS 20:6 AND SHOWING MERCY UNTO THOUSANDS OF THEM THAT LOVE ME AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS ***** GENESIS 26:5 BECAUSE THAT ABRAHAM OBEYED MY VOICE AND KEPT MY CHARGE MY COMMANDMENTS MY STATUTES AND MY LAWS ***** DEUTERONOMY 7:12 WHEREFORE IT SHALL COME TO PASS -- IF -- YOU HEARKEN TO THESE JUDGEMENTS AND KEEP AND DO THEM THAT THE LORD THY GOD SHALL KEEP UNTO THEE THE COVENANT AND THE MERCY .....
  • Amanda
    Man cannot change the word of God..His word is forever settled...His statutes and commandments are our guide to obey..He said have no other gods. Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy those are commands among others He give to us..Is man greater than the Almighty to change what He said.God forbid... We cannot change or add..We just have to obey
  • Irene123
    Quote: The MAJORITY of 'christians' don't want to be thought of as fanatic; that's why they worship on Sunday. unquote. I worship on Sun., Mon., and Tues., but I'm not a MAJORITY Christian. We baptize in the NAME of Jesus Christ - Acts 2:38 - with the EVIDENCE of speaking in tongues - Acts 10:46, 19:6, 8:18 (and when Simon SAW ...) "saw" refers to something TANGIBLE; cont.
  • Irene123
    I will make this even - shorter; Matt. 4:4; "IT IS WRITTEN ..... "; Deut. 8:3.
  • 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.

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