Proverbs 19:5
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New International Version
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.

New Living Translation
A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.

English Standard Version
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

New American Standard Bible
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

King James Bible
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape.

International Standard Version
A witness to lies will not go unpunished; the teller of falsehoods will not escape.

NET Bible
A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment.

New Heart English Bible
A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A false witness will not be spared and he that speaks falsehood will not be saved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will not escape.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A false witness shall not be unpunished; And he that breatheth forth lies shall not escape.

New American Standard 1977
A false witness will not go unpunished,
            And he who tells lies will not escape.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A false witness shall not go unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.

King James 2000 Bible
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.

American King James Version
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.

American Standard Version
A false witness shall not be unpunished; And he that uttereth lies shall not escape.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A false witness shall not be unpunished: and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Darby Bible Translation
A false witness shall not be held innocent, and he that uttereth lies shall not escape.

English Revised Version
A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that uttereth lies shall not escape.

Webster's Bible Translation
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

World English Bible
A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.

Young's Literal Translation
A false witness is not acquitted, Whoso breatheth out lies is not delivered.
Study Bible
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
4Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend. 5A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape. 6Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.…
Cross References
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,

Deuteronomy 19:19
then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

1 Kings 13:18
He said to him, "I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'" But he lied to him.

Psalm 56:7
Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God!

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

Proverbs 14:5
A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies.

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.

Proverbs 21:28
A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
Treasury of Scripture

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.

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

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

Proverbs 21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that hears speaks constantly.

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

Deuteronomy 19:16-21 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him …

Psalm 120:3,4 What shall be given to you? or what shall be done to you, you false tongue…

Daniel 6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused …

unpunished or held innocent

Deuteronomy 5:11 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain: for the …

1 Kings 2:9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for you are a wise man, and …

Verse 5. - This verse is repeated below (ver. 9). It comes in awkwardly here, interrupting the connection which subsists between vers. 4 and 6. Its right place is doubtless where it occurs below. The Law not only strictly forbade false witness (Exodus 20:16; Exodus 23:1), but it enacted severe penalties against offenders in this particular (Deuteronomy 19:16, etc.); the lex talionis was to be enforced against them, they were to receive no pity: "Life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." He that speaketh lies shall not escape. The Septuagint confines the notion of this clause to false accusers, Ὁ δὲ ἐγκαλῶν ἀδίκως, "He who maketh an unjust charge shall not escape," which renders the two clauses almost synonymous. We make a distinction between the members by seeing in the former a denunciation against a false witness in a suit, and in the second a more sweeping menace against any one, whether accuser, slanderer, sycophant, who by lying injures a neighbour. The History of Susanna is brought forward in confirmation of the well deserved fate of false accusers.

Ψευδὴς διαβολὴ τὸν βίον λυμαίνεται.

"A slander is an outrage on man's life." A false witness shall not be unpunished,.... He that bears false witness against his neighbour in an open court of judicature; though be may not be detected by men, and so escape the punishment due to such offenders by the laws of God and men; yet God, who knows all hearts and actions, will not suffer him to go with impunity; if not punished in this world, he shall be in the world to come; for bearing false witness, or perjury, is a grievous offence to God;

and he that speaketh lies shall not escape; even he that useth himself to lying in private conversation shall not escape the reproach of men; for nothing is more scandalous than lying; nor the wrath of God, such shall have their portion in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, Revelation 21:8. 5. Compare Pr 19:9, where perish explains not escape here (compare Ps 88:9, 10).19:3. Men run into troubles by their own folly, and then fret at the appointments of God. 4. Here we may see how strong is men's love of money. 5. Those that tell lies in discourse, are in a fair way to be guilty of bearing false-witness. 6. We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty. 7. Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty. 8. Those only love their souls aright that get true wisdom. 9. Lying is a damning, destroying sin. 10. A man that has not wisdom and grace, has no right or title to true joy. It is very unseemly for one who is a servant to sin, to oppress God's free-men.
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