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.

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.

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Compare Pr 19:9, where perish explains not escape here (compare Ps 88:9, 10).

Proverbs 19:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
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
"Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.

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

Deuteronomy 19:19
then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you.

1 Kings 13:18
The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.)

Psalm 56:7
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.

Proverbs 6:19
a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

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

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.

Proverbs 21:28
A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.
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 …

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