You shall not give false testimony about your neighbour

The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ

False Testimony


You shall not give false testimony about your neighbour.
Exodus 20:16

This commandment is often interpreted as “thou shalt not lie,” and it is true that the Lord is no fan of falsehood.

Yet the ninth commandment deals specifically with lies about a neighbour.
Proverbs 26:28 helps us to understand how both bring harm: “A lying tongue hates those crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” Often these go hand in hand as one person is flattering to their neighbour’s face and then tears him or her down behind his back.
So much damage can be inflicted by such a small part of our body ( James 3:3-6). Lies destroy careers, churches, families, marriages and reputations.
Avoid words that seek to do harm so that you may stay in the spirit of this commandment. It is better to keep our mouths quiet than stumble into this sin.
Our emotions can sometimes carry us away and pull us into a swirling void of negativity that grows and grows, so today I challenge you to steer clear and speak only the truth.


Further Reading

  • Proverbs 6:16-19
  • Psalms 119:29
  • John 8:44

God Bless,

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!


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4 Responses to You shall not give false testimony about your neighbour

  1. Oh, as I neared the end of your post I saw your prayer for Nigeria. God, forgive me for forgetting to lift up my brothers and sisters before you. As they go through the fiery trial of their faith, and as I sit here in relative comfort, the very least I can do is intercede for those who are in danger for the gospel of Christ. Thank you for reminding me, my friend.


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