bear false witness


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bear false witness

To lie about or misrepresent the truth about some event, person, or thing. In common usage, it usually refers to perjury (telling a lie while under oath in a court of law) or to the Ninth Commandment of the Old Testament, from which the phrase is taken: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." Even if it is a small lie and seems harmless, if you bear false witness under oath, you may end up going to jail yourself.
See also: bear, false, witness
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The Ferret was 15 yards away, ready for the shot, as the rest of us sat in our patio chairs, ready to bear false witness to whatever happened.
You must not bear false witness against your neighbour.
It is at times like these that we need to remember the words of Scripture "do not bear false witness against your neighbour.
Surely no-one would object to, or be offended by, being taught not to kill, not to steal, not to bear false witness, to honour your parents and to love your neighbour as yourself?
After that, we should haul their churches over their own coals by pointing out how vociferously they bear false witness against us.
The letter also criticized electoral trickery, dirty campaigning and vote rigging, which it said dishonored the commandments "Thou shall not bear false witness," "Thou shall not steal," and, in the worst cases, "Thou shall not kill.
With such basic common-sense principles as do not kill, do not steal, and do not bear false witness, what possible objections could they have to the Commandments?
TODAY'S text is from Exodus, chapter 21, verse 16: "Thou shalt not bear false witness.
What happened to love thy neighbor like thyself and the Ninth Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor?
Thou shalt not bear false witness when making projections, and thou shalt not make projections based more on hope and desire than on fact.
I am thinking of Exodus 20:16: "Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Commandment eight: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Participants in a cartel bear false witness whether the cartel raises prices and restricts output by large amounts or small; participants in a cartel bear false witness notwithstanding centrifugal incentives for cartels to come undone by members cheating on the agreement.
Many radio talk shows encourage people to bear false witness.
Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.