False Witness



Forbidden by the Decalogue

One of the Seven Sins

Proceeds from a Corrupt Heart

The Innocent Made to Suffer






Forbidden by the Decalogue


Exodus 20:16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.


One of the Seven Sins


Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.


Proceeds from a Corrupt Heart


Matthew 15:19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.


The Innocent Made to Suffer


Psalm 27:12 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.


Psalm 35:11 Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.


Against Jesus


Matthew 26:59-60 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death. 60 But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone’s testimony. Finally, two men came forward


Against Stephen


Acts 6:13 The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses.



Against Paul


Acts 24:5 We have found this man to be a troublemaker who is constantly stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the cult known as the Nazarenes.


Acts 25:7 When Paul arrived, the Jewish leaders from Jerusalem gathered around and made many serious accusations they couldn’t prove.

 Outline is from the Dixon Analytical Bible

Scripture is from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

Arranged and modified by HKM 09/20/2010