bear false witness

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 in the Bible, 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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Time and again, I have referred to one of the original Ten Commandments, the one saying 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.' Lies and malicious gossip have been around for so long that the Ten Commandments had to address them, and human laws have libel and slander restrictions, among others.
Instead, Jesus told him, 'You know the commandments, 'do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'' But Jesus knew what was a barrier between Him and the rich young ruler.
'Let us spend a day of prayer and penance, invoking God's mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God's Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country,' he said.
"And when he was led away he looked me straight in the eye and said, 'thou shalt not bear false witness'."
Rahul Kohli, who plays Ravi in the series, retweeted Thomas' follow-up post, (https://twitter.com/RahulKohli13/status/793862661033320448) adding : "Thou shalt not bear false witness' ...c'mon Christian Today, even I know that one."
I forgive all those who bear false witness and testimony against me and I look forward to meeting my new daughter and granddaughter but not in a prison visiting room.
The Bible tells us "Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor." These are certainly words to live by, but I wonder if God was thinking about fishermen as He was chiseling out The Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness Thou shalt not
explores a biblical basis for interreligious dialogue in which he singles out the ninth (or eighth) commandment, not to bear false witness against our neighbor (112), and the example of Jesus with the woman at the well (113).
Recognizing the potential weakness of the two-witness rule, the Torah warned against false testimony in the Decalogue--You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Ex.
In the three monotheistic religions we are commanded not to bear false witness. After all, we are all children of God and it is through our actions and perseverance that we affirm our shared values and commitments to one another - irrespective of religious differences.
Any comment or critical approach should be made in a spirit of mutual respect, making sure not to bear false witness concerning other religions.
Perhaps he could profit by considering these: "Thou shalt not bear false witness ..." and "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
At the Red River County courthouse, originally opened in 1885 in Clarksville, workers removing paint from the walls discovered old gold-leaf stenciling above the judge's bench that read, "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness."
Al-Hakim has remained firm in his opposition to al-Maliki because, in his words, "we will not agree to bear false witness to a failed government."On his part, al-Maliki has visited four neighboring countries, the last one being Turkey yesterday.