Proverbs 24:28
New International Version
Do not testify against your neighbor without cause— would you use your lips to mislead?

New Living Translation
Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them.

English Standard Version
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.

Berean Study Bible
Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.

King James Bible
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

New King James Version
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?

New American Standard Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor for no reason, And do not deceive with your lips.

NASB 1995
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

NASB 1977
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

Amplified Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips [speak neither lies nor half-truths].

Christian Standard Bible
Don’t testify against your neighbor without cause. Don’t deceive with your lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t testify against your neighbor without cause. Don’t deceive with your lips.

American Standard Version
Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause; And deceive not with thy lips.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be a false witness against your neighbor and do not tear him to pieces with your lips.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Be not a false witness against thy fellow citizen, neither exaggerate with thy lips.

Contemporary English Version
Don't accuse anyone who isn't guilty. Don't ever tell a lie

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not witness without cause against thy neighbour: and deceive not any man with thy lips.

English Revised Version
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

Good News Translation
Don't give evidence against others without good reason, or say misleading things about them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not testify against your neighbor without a reason, and do not deceive with your lips.

International Standard Version
Don't testify against your neighbor without a cause, and don't lie when you speak.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; And deceive not with thy lips.

Literal Standard Version
Do not be a witness against your neighbor for nothing, Or you have enticed with your lips.

NET Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your words.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Do not deceive with your 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Further Sayings of the Wise
27Complete your outdoor work and prepare your field; after that, you may build your house. 28Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. 29Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.”…

Cross References
Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one another.

Leviticus 6:2
"If someone sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD by deceiving his neighbor in regard to a deposit or security entrusted to him or stolen, or if he extorts his neighbor

Leviticus 6:3
or finds lost property and lies about it and swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that a man might commit--

Leviticus 19:11
You must not steal. You must not lie or deceive one another.

Proverbs 25:18
Like a club or sword or sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Proverbs 26:19
so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"


Treasury of Scripture

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

not

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

Proverbs 19:5,9
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape…

Proverbs 21:28
A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

deceive

Ephesians 4:25
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Colossians 3:9
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.









(28) Without cause--i.e., do not mention thy neighbour's faults unless for some good reason, not for malice or love of gossip.

Verse 28. - Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause (chinnam); gratuitously (Proverbs 3:30; Proverbs 23:29; Proverbs 26:2), when you are not obliged in the performance of a plain duty. Persons are not to put themselves forward to give testimony to a neighbour's discredit, either officiously as busybodies, or maliciously as slanderers. The maxim is expressed in general terms and is not to be confined to one category, as the Syriac and Septuagint render, "Be not a false witness against thy fellow citizen." And deceive not with thy lips. The Hebrew is really interrogative, "And wouldest thou deceive with thy lips?" (Psalm 78:36). The deceit is not so much intentional falsehood as misrepresentation arising from haste and inconsiderateness consequent on this unnecessary eagerness to push forward testimony unsought. Septuagint, "Neither exaggerate (πλατύνου) with thy lips."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

testify
תְּהִ֣י (tə·hî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

against your neighbor
בְּרֵעֶ֑ךָ (bə·rê·‘e·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

without cause,
חִנָּ֣ם (ḥin·nām)
Adverb
Strong's 2600: Gratis, devoid of cost, reason, advantage

and do not deceive
וַ֝הֲפִתִּ֗יתָ (wa·hă·p̄it·tî·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6601: To open, be, roomy, to be, simple, delude

with your lips.
בִּשְׂפָתֶֽיךָ׃ (biś·p̄ā·ṯe·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - fdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin


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