Proverbs 24:28
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New International Version
Do not testify against your neighbor without cause-- would you use your lips to mislead?

New Living Translation
Don't testify against your neighbors without cause; don't lie about them.

English Standard Version
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

King James Bible
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't testify against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.

International Standard Version
Don't testify against your neighbor without a cause, and don't lie when you speak.

NET Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your words.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Do not deceive with your lips.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be a false witness against your neighbor and do not tear him to pieces with your lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not testify against your neighbor without a reason, and do not deceive with your lips.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; And deceive not with thy lips.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
            And do not deceive with your lips.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be a false witness against thy neighbour, and do not flatter with thy lips.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

American King James Version
Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

American Standard Version
Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause; And deceive not with thy lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not witness without cause against thy neighbour: and deceive not any man with thy lips.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and wouldest thou deceive with thy lips?

English Revised Version
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

World English Bible
Don't be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not a witness for nought against thy neighbour, Or thou hast enticed with thy lips.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
27Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house. 28Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips. 29Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Leviticus 6:2
"When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him, or through robbery, or if he has extorted from his companion,

Leviticus 6:3
or has found what was lost and lied about it and sworn falsely, so that he sins in regard to any one of the things a man may do;

Leviticus 19:11
'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Proverbs 25:18
Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Proverbs 26:19
So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, "Was I not joking?"
Treasury of Scripture

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

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Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

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

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

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 Samuel 22:9,10 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of …

1 Kings 21:9-13 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth …

Job 2:3 And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that …

Psalm 35:7,11 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Matthew 26:59,60 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

Matthew 27:23 And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried …

John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is …

deceive

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

(28) Without cause--i.e., do not mention thy neighbour's faults unless for some good reason, not for malice or love of gossip.

Verse 28. - Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause (chinnam); gratuitously (Proverbs 3:30; Proverbs 23:29; Proverbs 26:2), when you are not obliged in the performance of a plain duty. Persons are not to put themselves forward to give testimony to a neighbour's discredit, either officiously as busybodies, or maliciously as slanderers. The maxim is expressed in general terms and is not to be confined to one category, as the Syriac and Septuagint render, "Be not a false witness against thy fellow citizen." And deceive not with thy lips. The Hebrew is really interrogative, "And wouldest thou deceive with thy lips?" (Psalm 78:36). The deceit is not so much intentional falsehood as misrepresentation arising from haste and inconsiderateness consequent on this unnecessary eagerness to push forward testimony unsought. Septuagint, "Neither exaggerate (πλατύνου) with thy lips." Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause,.... Unless forced unto it, except there is some urgent reason for it; not upon any trivial account, or in any frivolous matter; never appear forward and eager to bear witness against him, and, whenever obliged to it, be not a false witness, but speak truth, whether thy neighbour be a friend or a foe;

and deceive not with thy lips; by bearing a false testimony, the judge, thy neighbour and thyself; for though men may be deceived, God cannot: or, shouldest thou do so, "thou wouldest break" and cut him to pieces "with thy lips" (x); which is the sense of the words according to R. Judah, as Ben Melech relates.

(x) "et ne atteras labiis tuis", Vatablus; "et ne comminuas eum labiis tuis", Syriac version. 28. Do not speak even truth needlessly against any, and never falsehood.24:28,29. There are three defaults in a witness pointed out.
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