Salvation Bible Basics

9th Commandment: Do Not Lie

Salvation Bible Basics


The ninth commandment is in verse sixteen, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Bearing false witness means lying. Have you ever told a lie? We are all guilty there. Every person who has ever lived has told a lie at least one time in their life. We have all broken this commandment.

A false witness isn’t just a blatant lie. A false witness is also a misleading statement. Have you ever told half the truth because you knew the whole truth might incriminate you? You thought that by telling half the truth you could mislead them. We lie more often than we care to admit. Have you ever told someone they looked good but didn’t mean it? Have you ever told someone you liked what he or she was wearing but inside you were thinking just the opposite?

We need to be careful about what we say. In fact, Jesus says in Matthew chapter twelve that we are going to be judged for every idle word we speak. There is not a person alive on earth that can get by this 9th commandment. We are all guilty of breaking it.