Proverbs 12:17
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New International Version
An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.

King James Bible
He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

Darby Bible Translation
He that uttereth truth sheweth forth righteousness; but a false witness deceit.

World English Bible
He who is truthful testifies honestly, but a false witness lies.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso uttereth faithfulness declareth righteousness, And a false witness -- deceit.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A fool's wrath is presently known - We have a proverb very like this, and it will serve for illustration: -

A fool's bolt is soon shot.

A weak-minded man has no self-government; he is easily angered, and generally speaks whatever comes first to his mind.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 14:5,25 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies...

1 Samuel 22:14,15 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all your servants as David, which is the king's son in law...


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

Proverbs 19:5,28 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape...

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

Proverbs 24:28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause; and deceive not with your lips.

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers...

The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

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

Proverbs 12:16
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 12:18
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

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

Zechariah 8:16
These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;

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