Exodus 20:16

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Exodus 20

Law Analysis overview

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16WEB


The Command

This passage contains a negative command, directed toward Israel: "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor".


This command is part of the Moral Law. (It has a parallel in the Civil Law; see Witness testimony.)

This command fits with other commands related to Loving one's neighbor.

This command contributes to an understanding of the laws related to Lies and Witness testimony.


This command is understood to have its fulfillment in heaven, where the saints will experience conformity with the image of God's son (Romans 8:29), who is the truth itself (John 14:6).

The command remains relevant to modern government, and continues to be obligatory for all people.

Notes on Interpretation/Application

Ten Commandments

This is the ninth in what are called the Ten Commandments.

Interpretation 2