New American Standard Bible
Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I do not know.
King James Bible
False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
Darby Bible Translation
Unrighteous witnesses rise up; they lay to my charge things which I know not.
World English Bible
Unrighteous witnesses rise up. They ask me about things that I don't know about.
Young's Literal Translation
Violent witnesses rise up, That which I have not known they ask me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
False witnesses did rise up - Margin, "witnesses of wrong." The Hebrew is, "witnesses of "violence,"" חמס châmâs. That is, they were persons who, in what they said of me, were guilty of injustice and wrong. Their conduct was injurious to me as an act of "violence" would be.
They laid to my charge - Margin, as in Hebrew: "they asked me." The word "asked" here seems to be used in the sense of "demand;" that is, they demanded an "answer" to what was said. The usage appears to have been derived from courts, where the forms of trial may have been in the way of question and answer - the mode of accusation having been in the form of "asking" how a thing was, or whether it was so; and the defense being regarded as an "answer" to such an inquiry. Hence, it is synonymous with our expression of laying to the charge of anyone; or of accusing anyone.
Things that I knew not - Of which I had no knowledge; which never came into my mind. What those charges were the psalmist does not specify; but it is not uncommon for a good man to be falsely accused, and we are certain that such things occurred in the life of David.
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Thou shalt not kill.' Exod 20: 13. In this commandment is a sin forbidden, which is murder, Thou shalt not kill,' and a duty implied, which is, to preserve our own life, and the life of others. The sin forbidden is murder: Thou shalt not kill.' Here two things are to be understood, the not injuring another, nor ourselves. I. The not injuring another.  We must not injure another in his name. A good name is a precious balsam.' It is a great cruelty to murder a man in his name. We injure others in …
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"You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore.
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