Deuteronomy 19:18
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New International Version
The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite,

New Living Translation
The judges must investigate the case thoroughly. If the accuser has brought false charges against his fellow Israelite,

English Standard Version
The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely,

New American Standard Bible
"The judges shall investigate thoroughly, and if the witness is a false witness and he has accused his brother falsely,

King James Bible
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The judges are to make a careful investigation, and if the witness turns out to be a liar who has falsely accused his brother,

International Standard Version
The judges will investigate thoroughly. If the false witness lies in testifying against his relative,

NET Bible
The judges will thoroughly investigate the matter, and if the witness should prove to be false and to have given false testimony against the accused,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The judges must make a thorough investigation. If it is found that the witness lied when he testified against the other Israelite,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the judges shall make diligent inquisition; and, behold, if the witness is a false witness and has testified falsely against his brother,

King James 2000 Bible
And the judges shall make diligent inquiry: and, behold, if the witness is a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother;

American King James Version
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother;

American Standard Version
and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and have testified falsely against his brother;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when after most diligent inquisition, they shall find that the false witness hath told a lie against his brother:

Darby Bible Translation
and the judges shall make thorough inquiry; and if the witness be a false witness, and he have testified falsely against his brother,

English Revised Version
and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and behold, if the witness is a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

World English Bible
and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness is a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother;

Young's Literal Translation
and the judges have searched diligently, and lo, the witness is a false witness, a falsehood he hath testified against his brother:
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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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the judges shall make diligent inquisition,.... Into the case before them, into the nature of the evidence and proof that each witness brings for or against; so the Targum of Jonathan,"the judges shall interrogate the witness, by whom these things are said, well;''shall thoroughly examine the testimony given, and look carefully into it:

and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; it appears plainly by full evidence that he has testified a falsehood of him.



Deuteronomy 19:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Testimony of Witnesses
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. 18"The judges shall investigate thoroughly, and if the witness is a false witness and he has accused his brother falsely, 19then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:1
When people have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty.

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

Daniel 6:24
At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Treasury of Scripture

And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother;

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Deuteronomy 13:14 Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, …

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Job 19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.

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