Exodus 20:16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (NIV) Exodus 20:16 “No lies about your neighbor.” (The Message)
Today is an opportunity to “advance our neighbor’s good name.” That’s a good way to think about fulfilling this commandment.
Q112. What is God’s will for us in the ninth commandment?
- God’s will is that I never give false testimony against anyone, twist no one’s words, not gossip or slander, nor join in condemning anyone without a hearing or without a just cause.1 Rather, in court and everywhere else, I should avoid lying and deceit of every kind; these are devices the devil himself uses, and they would call down on me God’s intense anger.2 I should love the truth, speak it candidly, and openly acknowledge it.3 And I should do what I can to guard and advance my neighbor’s good name.4
1 Ps. 15; Prov. 19:5; Matt. 7:1; Luke 6:37; Rom. 1:28-32. 2 Lev. 19:11, 12; Prov. 12:22; 13:5; John 8:44; Rev. 21:8. 3 1 Cor. 13:6; Eph. 4:25. 4 1 Pet. 3:8, 9; 4:8.