New Living Translation
"If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime,
King James Bible
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Darby Bible Translation
If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of an offence;
World English Bible
If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing,
Young's Literal Translation
'When a violent witness doth rise against a man, to testify against him apostasy,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
19:16 A safe witness - A single witness, though he speak truth, is not to be accepted for the condemnation of another man, but if he be convicted of false witness, this is sufficient for his own condemnation.
Owing to the comparatively loose nature of the connection between consecutive passages in the legislative section, it is difficult to present an adequate summary of the book of Deuteronomy. In the first section, i.-iv. 40, Moses, after reviewing the recent history of the people, and showing how it reveals Jehovah's love for Israel, earnestly urges upon them the duty of keeping His laws, reminding them of His spirituality and absoluteness. Then follows the appointment, iv. 41-43--here irrelevant (cf. …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"You must not pass along false rumors. You must not cooperate with evil people by lying on the witness stand.
Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I've never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.
An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies.
A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.
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