Proverbs 12:17
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English Standard Version
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

King James Bible
He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

American Standard Version
He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that speaketh that which he knoweth, sheweth forth justice: but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness.

English Revised Version
He that uttereth truth sheweth forth righteousness, but a false witness deceit.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness: but a false witness, deceit.

Proverbs 12:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

11 He that tilleth his own ground is satisfied with bread,

     And he that followeth after vain pursuits is devoid of understanding.

Yet more complete is the antithetic parallelism in the doublette, Proverbs 28:19 (cf. also Sir. 20:27a). The proverb recommends the cultivation of the field as the surest means of supporting oneself honestly and abundantly, in contrast to the grasping after vain, i.e., unrighteous means of subsistence, windy speculations, and the like (Fl.). ריקים are here not persons (Bertheau), but things without solidity and value (lxx μάταια; Aquila, Theodotion, κενά), and, in conformity with the contrast, not real business. Elsewhere also the mas. plur. discharges the function of a neut. noun of multitude, vid., נגידים, principalia, Proverbs 8:6, and זדים, Psalm 19:14 - one of the many examples of the imperfect use of the gender in Hebr.; the speaker has in ריקים, vana et inania, not אנשׁים (Judges 9:4), but דברים (Deuteronomy 32:47) in view. The lxx erroneously at Proverbs 28:19, and Symmachus and Jerome at both places understand ריקים of slothfulness.

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that

Proverbs 14:5,25 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies...

1 Samuel 22:14,15 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all your servants as David, which is the king's son in law...

but

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 19:5,28 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape...

Proverbs 21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that hears speaks constantly.

Proverbs 24:28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers...

Cross References
Proverbs 6:19
a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 12:16
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 12:18
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 14:5
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

Zechariah 8:16
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;

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