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

New Living Translation
An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.

English Standard Version
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

Berean Study Bible
He who speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit.

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

New King James Version
He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.

New American Standard Bible
One who declares truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.

NASB 1995
He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.

NASB 1977
He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.

Amplified Bible
He who speaks truth [when he testifies] tells what is right, But a false witness utters deceit [in court].

Christian Standard Bible
Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness, deceit.

American Standard Version
He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The righteous speaks obvious trustworthiness and the testimony of the evil is deceit.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A righteous man declares the open truth; but an unjust witness is deceitful.

Contemporary English Version
An honest person tells the truth in court, but a dishonest person tells nothing but lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that speaketh that which he knoweth, sheweth forth justice: but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness.

English Revised Version
He that uttereth truth sheweth forth righteousness, but a false witness deceit.

Good News Translation
When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A truthful witness speaks honestly, but a lying witness speaks deceitfully.

International Standard Version
The truth teller speaks what is right, but the false witness speaks what is deceitful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that breatheth forth truth uttereth righteousness; But a false witness deceit.

Literal Standard Version
Whoever utters faithfulness declares righteousness, "" And a false witness—deceit.

NET Bible
The faithful witness tells what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit.

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

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
16A fool’s anger is known at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. 17He who speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit. 18Speaking rashly is like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:19
a false witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up discord among brothers.

Proverbs 12:16
A fool's anger is known at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

Proverbs 12:18
Speaking rashly is like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

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

Zechariah 8:16
These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another, render true and sound judgments in your gates,


Treasury of Scripture

He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

that

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 thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house? …

but

Proverbs 6:19
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

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

Proverbs 21:28
A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.









Verse 17. - He that speaketh - breatheth out fearlessly (Proverbs 6:19) - truth showeth forth righteousness. The truth always conduces to justice and right, not only in a matter of law, but generally and in all cases. Vulgate, "He who speaks that which he knows is a discoverer of justice;" Septuagint, "A just man announces well proved assurance [or, 'the open truth'] (ἐπιδεικνυμένην πίστιν)." A false witness showeth forth deceit (Proverbs 14:5, 25); exhibits his true character, which is fraud, treachery, and wrong doing.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
[He who] speaks
יָפִ֣יחַ (yā·p̄î·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6315: To puff, blow with the breath, air, to fan, to utter, to kindle, to scoff

the truth
אֱ֭מוּנָה (’ĕ·mū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 530: Firmness, steadfastness, fidelity

declares
יַגִּ֣יד (yag·gîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

what is right,
צֶ֑דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

but a false
שְׁקָרִ֣ים (šə·qā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

witness
וְעֵ֖ד (wə·‘êḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5707: A witness, testimony, a recorder, prince

[speaks] deceit.
מִרְמָֽה׃ (mir·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4820: Deceit, treachery


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