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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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.
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Toward this purpose, we need to listen and learn respectfully, lest we inadvertently bear false witness against our neighbours by distorting who they are.
He said this is both a problem with clerics who are unwilling to offend the regime, as well as those ignorant of what Islam actually says about those who bear false witness.
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.
Hume's Laws of nature are derived from the ancient Judeo commandments: Thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not covet thy neighbors' possessions; thou shalt not bear false witness.
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness - Unless the press ask you if you eat.
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.