An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. Proverbs 19:28
The Lord is a God of truth (Deut. 32:4). He demands honesty and truthfulness in all your dealings. You must tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, especially when you speak about others. Those who deceive or lie when they are witnesses show their scorn of God and justice and a greedy appetite for sin. They will have their reward, for both God and men despise such wicked fools. (Proverbs 19:29, 22:10, 24:9 and Is 29:20-21)
When you are asked about another person, you make a choice that reveals your character. You either tell the careful truth about the situation, or you compromise the truth in order to protect yourself or a friend, secure an advantage, or exact revenge. If you answer falsely to those in authority or in need of information, you reveal yourself as a scorner of judgment – thinking it a thing of little worth, without respect or regard for it. God forbid!
The devil is a liar and the father of lying (Gen. 3:4, John 8:44). When you corrupt or misrepresent matters about another person, you are an ungodly witness obeying the devil (Ephg. 2:1-3, Acts 5:3). You must think justice and righteousness are jokes, for you scornfully treat them as nothing by your actions. But the LORD of truth declared in the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” (Ex. 20:’6)]
Perjury is no small matter to the LORD of heaven and earth. He hates false witnesses. Believe it! God condemned them often in the Bible(Prov. 10:18, 25:18, Ex. 23:1,7, Lev. 19:11, 16). False witnesses will pay, here and hereafter (Prov. 19:5,9, Prov. 21:28, Rev. 21:8,27). His fury against lying includes backbiting, slandering, tale-bearing, and whispering – crimes once called gossip euphemistically, but now nearly forgotten. How are these sins related to lying? They involve the use of the tongue to destroy others.
What happened to false witnesses under God’s civil laws? The punishment at stake was executed on the perjurer. If we assume a capital trial for murder, a false witness would be executed (Deut 19:16-21)! If an eyeball was at stake, a perjurer had his eye gouged out. Perfect! Wise men quickly perceived that witnesses in god’s legal system would learn to tell the whole truth. In fact, honesty in court and legal dealings would rise dramatically.
Those who lie about others have no regard for equity, fairness, justice, or righteousness, so God labels them scorners – a despicable type of perverse fool that is beyond help. He describes their mouths, which easily and quickly pour out wicked insinuations and false reports, as devouring iniquity. They are flagrant and greedy sinners without consciences, who will lie without remorse or worry whenever convenient, for gain or revenge.
Reader, do you despise false witnesses? Do you always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Here is the proof: what do you do when you hear someone misrepresent another person? Do you get angry, warn them or their wickedness, and cut them off (Prov. 25:23, PS 101:5, Thessalonian 5:14)? If you do not, you are an accomplice in their sin, for listening or reading their lies or slander is a sin itself (Prov. 17:4).
Praise God for the FAITHFUL and THE TRUE WITNESS at the right hand of God (Rev. 3:12, 19:11). He will soon declare the true facts about all of our lives, remembering every good and bad thing we have done (Prov. 5:16, ECCL. 12:14, Matt. 25:31-46, II Corinthians. 5:10). But unless your name is in the LAMBS BOOK of LIFE, you will be cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death (Rev. 20: 11-15). Is your name there? If you gossip, backbite,spread rumors, and become a slander-monger I would beg Him for mercy (Luke 18:14, John 5-24).
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