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

  • Brother Daniel FC
    To Irene 123: Hi Irene, Good to meet you again. Worshiping God every day of the week is not only OK, it is desirable. But missing your special appointment with God on Saturday Sabbath, My holy day, as He calls it, is not OK. Isa. 58:13. I can tell you for sure; God never changed His Sabbath, from the Creation: But, people did, and that’s not right. Jesus observed His Sabbath: Let's follow Him!
  • Brother Daniel FC
    There are only a few cases in the Bible when God writes with His own finger messages , to communicate with man i.e. To us: The Ten Commandments, to Belshazzar, Dan. 5:25, and to the people that brought the woman caught in adultery Jn. 8. In every instance the addressee s was terrified and listened. Today, we dare mock God when He says If you love me keep my commandments Jn. 14:15 What shame!
  • Cephas
    O sing unto the LORD a new song for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
  • BSP
    This is a divine commandment from God and if more would obey this commandment, they would receive his blessing.
  • Thomas Taylor SR
    JOHN 1:1,3.----14.) In the beginning was the word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14th verse and that work came down was made flesh and dwelled among us. The Old Testament scripture is a Schoolmaster to us. We should always be mindful to preach the whole counsel of God. Both the Old and the New Testament is of God. It is all truth. And if we come to know the truth? """Act's 16:31
  • 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 .....

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