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 20:16

  • Pastor Steve Farmer for verse 16
    Even though this is one of the more important Commandments I have heard no sermons BIG or small as to why it should be a part of our every day thinking and deeply rooted into our hearts as Hebrews 10 16 implies.

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