The Ninth Commandment
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”
Question: What happens to those who “bear false witness”?
Answer: At the time the Ten Commandments were written, anyone who was found to have lied in court, was given the same punishment that would have gone to the person found guilty of the crime for which they were accused. The Bible has much to say about lying:
“A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies . . . the folly of fools is deceit . . . A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.” (Proverbs 14)
“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape . . . a poor man is better than a liar.” (Proverbs 19)
“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” (Colossians 3)
“Putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour . . . Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4)
“Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously
against the righteous.” (Psalms 31)
“He said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie.” (Isaiah 63)
Practice: Today, be sure what you say about yourself and others is the truth. Do not be the mouthpiece for error!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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