Witnesses, False

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Exodus 23:1-2

" 'You will not {spread} a false report. Do not lift your hand with [the] wicked to be a malicious witness. You will not {follow} a majority for evil, and you will not testify concerning a legal dispute to turn aside after a majority to pervert [justice].

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six [things] Yahweh hates, and seven [things are] abominations of his soul: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a devising heart, plans of deception, feet that hurry to run to evil,read more.
a false witness who breathes lies and sends out discord between brothers.

Proverbs 24:28

Do not be a witness without cause against your neighbor nor deceive with your lips.

Luke 3:14

And those who served in the army were also asking him, saying, "What should we also do?" And he said to them, "Extort from no one, and do not blackmail [anyone], and be content with your pay."

Matthew 19:18

He said to him, "Which [ones]?" And Jesus said, "Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,

Proverbs 25:18

[Like] a club and sword and a sharp arrow [is] a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Psalm 27:12

Do not give me over to the desire of my enemies, because false witnesses have arisen against me, and [each] breathing out violence.

Psalm 35:11

Violent witnesses rise up; they ask me [concerning] what I do not know.

Proverbs 18:5

Being partial [to] faces of evil [is] not good, [nor] to subvert the righteous at the judgment.

Proverbs 19:28

A worthless witness will mock justice, and the mouth of the wicked will devour iniquity.

Deuteronomy 19:16-21

If {a malicious witness} gets up {to accuse} anyone to testify against him falsely, then the two men {to whom the legal dispute pertains} shall stand {before} Yahweh, {before} the priests and the judges who are [in office] in those days. Then judges shall make a thorough inquiry, and [if] it turns out that the witness is a false witness [and] he testified falsely against his brother,read more.
then you shall do to him as he meant to do to his brother, and so you shall purge the evil from your midst. {And the rest} shall hear and shall fear, and {they shall not continue to do such a thing again} as this evil thing in your midst. {You must show no pity}: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."

Leviticus 6:1-7

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, "When a person {displays infidelity} against Yahweh and he deceives his fellow citizen regarding something entrusted or {a pledge} or stealing or he exploits his fellow citizen, or he finds lost property and lies about it and swears {falsely} {in regard to} any one of these things by which {a person} might commit sin,read more.
{and when} he sins and is guilty, then he shall bring back {the things he had stolen} or {what he had extorted} or {something with which he had been entrusted} or the lost property that he had found, or {regarding} anything about which he has sworn {falsely}, then he shall repay it {according to} its value and shall add one-fifth of its value to it--he must give it {to whom it belongs} on the day of his guilt offering. And he must bring as his guilt offering to Yahweh a ram without defect from the flock by your valuation as a guilt offering to the priest, and the priest shall make atonement for him {before} Yahweh, and he shall be forgiven {anything} from all that he might do {by which he might incur guilt}."

Proverbs 19:5

A witness of falsehood will not go unpunished, and he who breathes lies will not escape.

Proverbs 21:28

A false witness will perish, but a man who listens will testify with success.

Isaiah 29:20-21

For [the] tyrant shall be no more, and [the] scoffer shall come to an end. And all those lying in wait for evil shall be cut off; those who mislead a person into sin with a word and set a trap for the {arbitrator} in the gate and guide away [the] righteous by emptiness.

Zechariah 5:3-4

And he said to me, "This [is] the curse going out over the surface of the whole earth. For everyone who steals has gone unpunished according to it, and [likewise] everyone who swears [falsely] has gone unpunished according to it. 'I have sent it out,' {declares} Yahweh of hosts, 'and it will go into the house of the thief and into the house of the one swearing {falsely by my name}, and it will spend the night in that house and will destroy it, with its timber and its stone.'"

1 Kings 21:8-13

So she wrote letters in the name of Ahab and sealed them with his seal. She sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who [were] dwelling with Naboth in his city. She had written in the letters, saying, "Call a fast and seat Naboth at the head of the people. Seat two men, {scoundrels}, opposite him. Let them witness against him saying, 'You cursed God and the king.' Then you shall bring him out and stone him so that he dies."read more.
The men of his city and the elders and nobles who were living in his city did according to what Jezebel had sent to them, as [was] written in the letters which she had sent to them. They called a fast, and they seated Naboth at the head of the people. Then the two men, {scoundrels}, came, sat opposite him, and the {scoundrels} witnessed against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth cursed God and the king," so they brought him outside of the city and stoned him with stones, and he died.

Matthew 26:59-61

Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus in order that they could put him to death. And they did not find [it], [although] many false witnesses came forward. And finally two came forward [and] said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild [it] within three days.'"

Mark 14:55-59

Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, and they did not find [it]. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony was not consistent. And some stood up [and] began to give false testimony against him, saying,read more.
"We heard him saying, 'I will destroy this temple made by hands, and within three days I will build another not made by hands." And their testimony was not even consistent about this.

Matthew 28:12-15

And [after they] had assembled with the elders and had taken counsel, they gave a rather large sum of money to the soldiers, telling [them], "Say 'His disciples came during the night [and] stole him [while] we were sleeping.' And if this [matter] is heard before the governor, we will satisfy him and {keep you out of trouble}."read more.
So they took the money [and] did as they were told, and spread abroad this report among the Jews until this very day.

Acts 6:11-14

Then they secretly instigated men who said, "We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God!" And they incited the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came up [and] seized him and brought [him] to the Sanhedrin. And they put forward false witnesses who said, "This man does not stop speaking words against the holy place and the law!read more.
For we have heard him saying that this Nazarene Jesus will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed down to us."

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Acts 25:7

And [when] he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges that they were not able to prove,

Acts 6:11

Then they secretly instigated men who said, "We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God!"

Matthew 28:15

So they took the money [and] did as they were told, and spread abroad this report among the Jews until this very day.

Acts 17:6

And [when they] did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers before the city officials, shouting, "These [people] who have stirred up trouble [throughout] the world have come here also,

Mark 14:56

For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony was not consistent.