9. You do not bear false witness against your neighbour
This 9th commandment has to do with not bringing false testimony against your neighbour.
It is important that Yahuwah's children give an honest testimony concerning what they have seen or heard when a brother or sister's actions are called into question.
In order for justice to be served each case must be
adjudicated according to the eyewitness testimony. Even in our courts of
law, witnesses are made to swear that their testimony will be "the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth." Such an oath is designed to
dissuade the temptation of giving false information to the judges. It does
not guarantee, but it promotes and encourages a righteous outcome.
So it is paramount in the kingdom of Elohim that his people give an honest
testimony concerning what they have seen or heard when a brother's actions are
called into question. Intentionally bringing false information or lying
about what the witness knows or saw can result in the innocent being punished
and the guilty being freed from obligations or retribution. This is an important matter in the relationship between Yahuwah and his people, that no one may bring a false testimony against his neighbor.
The Torah gives instructions and guidelines for a situation in which a crime has
been committed or someone has been wronged in the community so that the truth
may be investigated and discovered and justice may be served. But the
eyewitness testimony of a single witness is not sufficient to convict anyone of
Deuteronomy 19 v 15
One witness is not
enough to convict a man accused of any crime or offense he may have
committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three
With the testimony of at least two witnesses the truth can usually be discerned when they are questioned separately.
If a witness is proven to
by lying the Torah has
a righteous answer for this:
Deuteronomy 19 v 16 - 21
'If a malicious witness takes the stand to
accuse a man of a crime, the two men involved in the dispute must stand
in the presence of Yahuwah before the priests and the judges who are in
office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation,
and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against
his brother, then do to him as he intended to do to his brother. You
must purge the evil from among you. The rest of the people will
hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be
done among you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth
for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.'
How amazing and righteous is our Almighty Creator!