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

New Living Translation
An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies.

English Standard Version
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

New American Standard Bible
A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies.

King James Bible
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An honest witness does not deceive, but a dishonest witness utters lies.

International Standard Version
A trustworthy witness does not deceive, but a false witness spews lies.

NET Bible
A truthful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

New Heart English Bible
A truthful witness will not lie, but a false witness pours out lies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A trustworthy witness is not false and he that speaks falsehood is a false witness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A trustworthy witness does not lie, but a dishonest witness breathes lies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A faithful witness will not lie; But a false witness breatheth forth lies.

New American Standard 1977
A faithful witness will not lie,
            But a false witness speaks lies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The true witness will not lie, but the false witness will utter lies.

King James 2000 Bible
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

American King James Version
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

American Standard Version
A faithful witness will not lie; But a false witness uttereth lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A faithful witness will not lie: but a deceitful witness uttereth a lie.

Darby Bible Translation
A faithful witness will not lie; but a false witness uttereth lies.

English Revised Version
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness uttereth lies.

Webster's Bible Translation
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

World English Bible
A truthful witness will not lie, but a false witness pours out lies.

Young's Literal Translation
A faithful witness lieth not, And a false witness breatheth out lies.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
4Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. 5A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies. 6A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.…
Cross References
Revelation 1:5
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood,

Revelation 3:14
To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God's creation.

Exodus 23:1
"You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Deuteronomy 19:16
"If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing,

Proverbs 6:19
A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

Proverbs 12:17
He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.

Proverbs 14:4
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:6
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

Proverbs 14:25
A truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.

Proverbs 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 12:17 He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.

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

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

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

1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: …

1 Kings 22:12-14 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, …

Verse 5. - A repetition of Proverbs 12:17 (see also Proverbs 6:19). A faithful witness cannot be induced to swerve from the truth by threat or bribe. Will utter; Hebrew, breatheth forth. A false witness with no compulsion, as it were naturally, puts forth lies (comp. ver. 25; Proverbs 19:5). Septuagint, " An unrighteous witness kindleth (ἐκκαίει) falsehood." A faithful witness will not lie,.... For that would be contrary to his character as faithful; and as he will not witness to a falsehood upon oath in a court of judicature, so neither will he tell a lie in common conversation. This may be applied to Gospel ministers, who are witnesses of Christ; the Gospel they preach is a testimony concerning him, and they bear a faithful witness to the truth; nor will they, knowingly and willingly, deliver out a falsehood, or a doctrinal lie, since "no lie is of the truth", 1 John 2:21; the character of a faithful witness is given to Christ, Revelation 1:5; who is a "witness" of his father's love and grace, of his mind and will, and of the doctrines of the Gospel relating to himself, and the method of salvation by him; and he is "faithful" to him that appointed him; nor can he nor will he lie, for he is "truth" itself;

but a false witness will utter lies; or "blow" (e) them out, and spread them abroad in great plenty; he will not stick to tell them, and, having no conscience, will utter them as fast as he can, with all boldness and confidence; for one that fears not to bear testimony to a falsehood upon oath, will not scruple to lie in common talk. Or the words, "nay" be rendered, "he that uttereth lies will be a false witness"; he that accustoms himself to lying, in his conversation with men in private company, will become a false witness upon occasion in a public court of judicature: such an one is not to be depended on; lesser sins lead to greater, lying to perjury. So false teachers, and the followers of the man of sin, speak lies in hypocrisy, doctrinal ones, which they are given up to believe; and such as do so are false witnesses, deceivers, and antichrist.

(e) "efflabit", Montanus; "efflat", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 5. A faithful witness, etc.—one tested to be such.

utter lies—or, "breathe out lies"—that is, habitually lies (Pr 6:19; compare Ac 9:1). Or the sense is, that habitual truthfulness, or lying, will be evinced in witness-bearing.14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
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