New International Version
Do not testify against your neighbor without cause-- would you use your lips to mislead?
King James Bible
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
Darby Bible Translation
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and wouldest thou deceive with thy lips?
World English Bible
Don't be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.
Young's Literal Translation
Be not a witness for nought against thy neighbour, Or thou hast enticed with thy lips.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Be not a witness - Do not be forward to offer thyself to bear testimony against a neighbor, in a matter which may prejudice him, where the essential claims of justice do not require such interference; and especially do not do this in a spirit of revenge, because he has injured thee before.
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LibraryThe Sluggard's Garden
'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
A Treatise on Good Works
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
"If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor,
or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit--
"'Do not steal. "'Do not lie. "'Do not deceive one another.
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
is one who deceives their neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
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