EXODUS 20:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

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Exodus 20:16 Translation & Meaning

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Thou shalt not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
bear תַעֲנֶ֥ה Properly, to eye or (generally) to heed, i.e., pay attention; by implication, to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce bear
false שָֽׁקֶר׃ An untruth; by implication, a sham (often adverbial) false
witness עֵ֥ד Concretely, a witness; abstractly, testimony; specifically, a recorder, i.e., prince witness
against thy neighbour. בְרֵֽעֲךָ֖ An associate (more or less close) against neighbour

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  • 14  Thou shalt not commit adultery.

  • 15  Thou shalt not steal.

  • 16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

  • 17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

  • 18  And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.




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