Deuteronomy 19:16
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New International Version
If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime,

New Living Translation
"If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime,

English Standard Version
If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing,

New American Standard Bible
"If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing,

King James Bible
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a malicious witness testifies against someone accusing him of a crime,

International Standard Version
When a malicious witness takes the stand against a man and accuses him,

NET Bible
If a false witness testifies against another person and accuses him of a crime,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what you must do whenever a witness takes the stand to accuse a person falsely of a crime.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When a false witness rises up against any man to testify rebellion against him,

King James 2000 Bible
If a false witness rises up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

American King James Version
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

American Standard Version
If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrong-doing,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a lying witness stand against a man, accusing him of transgression,

Darby Bible Translation
If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of an offence;

English Revised Version
If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrong-doing;

Webster's Bible Translation
If a false witness shall rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

World English Bible
If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing,

Young's Literal Translation
'When a violent witness doth rise against a man, to testify against him apostasy,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:15-21 Sentence should never be passed upon the testimony of one witness alone. A false witness should suffer the same punishment which he sought to have inflicted upon the person he accused. Nor could any law be more just. Let all Christians not only be cautious in bearing witness in public, but be careful not to join in private slanders; and let all whose consciences accuse them of crime, without delay flee for refuge to the hope set before them in Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - To testify against him that which is wrong; literally, to testify against him defection, i.e. from the Law of God. The speaker has apparently in view here all such defections from the Law as would entail punishment on the convicted offender. In Deuteronomy 13:5 [6], indeed, the crime described here as "that which is wrong" (margin, "falling away") is specially the crime of apostasy to idolatry; but the word (סָרָה), though usually expressing apostasy from Jehovah, has properly the general sense of a deflection from a prescribed course (from סוּר, to go off, to go aside), and so may describe any departure from what is constituted right.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If a false witness rise up against any man,.... In a court of judicature:

to testify against him: that which is not true of him, let it be in what case it will; Aben Ezra instances in idolatry, but it holds good of any other.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

De 19:16-21. Punishment of a False Witness.

16-21. But if convicted of perjury, it will be sufficient for his own condemnation, and his punishment shall be exactly the same as would have overtaken the object of his malignant prosecution. (See on [158]Ex 21:23; see also Le 24:20).

Deuteronomy 19:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Testimony of Witnesses
15"A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed. 16"If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing, 17then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:1
"Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.

Psalm 27:12
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

Proverbs 14:5
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

Proverbs 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Treasury of Scripture

If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

a false witness

Exodus 23:1-7 You shall not raise a false report: put not your hand with the wicked …

1 Kings 21:10-13 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against …

Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses …

Psalm 35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

Mark 14:55-59 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against …

Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

that which is wrong. or, falling away

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