Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Bear False Witness – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 18
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Bear False Witness
How many homes are split up, how many reputations are cut to ribbons, and how many hearts are pierced, due to what comes out of our mouths? Is there ever a good reason to bear false witness and destroy someone?
There’s no good reason in the eyes of the Lord, nor should there be any good reason in our eyes as well. But I’d bet most of us could argue that last point quickly and handily. Most people that trash talk others in hopes to ruin them in some way, have all the reason in the world to do so.
At least when we include all of the fleshly and worldly (otherwise known as sinful) excuses that we can come up with at the drop of a hat. But if we are being obedient to the Father, and loving our neighbor as we do ourselves, than where do those worldly reasons to bear false witness go?
To bear witness in a situation where we are just in doing so is both Biblical and called for. But to bear false witness is a tool of destruction, that the Lord has hated from the beginning until now.
Look at the three examples the Lord gives us as an outcome when we bear false witness against our neighbor. All three are tools of destruction, yet all three work differently.
The maul being used as an example is similar to what we would consider to be a sledgehammer. It drives wedges into wood or stone as a tool, but smashes and crashes into its target when used as a weapon. To bear false witness is as a maul; smashing or splitting up our victim mercilessly and blatantly.
Bearing false witness can easily do such things to families, groups, churches, youth groups, you name it. Until a lie is discovered as false witness, the damage continues until derision does its work. Being struck with a maul is a life ending or at the least, crippling affair with only one good blow.
We all know what a sword is, and what it’s used for. It slices, it dices, it cuts, and runs through. If you have ever found out that someone you know has decided to bear false witness against you, this description will hit home quick. I’ve certainly had it happen to me, and I’m sure most of you have as well.
A sword may not kill with one strike, but may take a few before a foe is fallen. Sometimes People bear false witness against their neighbor, and one lie isn’t enough to fill their lust for their own personal victory over the other.
Think of a swordsman swinging and motioning forward, relentlessly attacking a person. Unlike the maul, this is a bit more skilled of an attack, and where one is struck will determine how badly wounded the recipient will be. If someone will bear false witness once, they’ll be likely to do it as often as is required, in order to take down their target.
A Sharp Arrow
Meant for a precise strike from a long distance. Often the victim never sees the face of his attacker in this scenario, they go unknown for the most part. When they decide to bear false witness, it is in secret, yet when it reaches the victim, it pierces through the heart.
The two prior (the maul and the sword), there isn’t much to do with secret or covering up who is initiating the false witness against the neighbor. Perhaps they just don’t care, or will somehow benefit from the person’s fall. But not those who do so via a sharp arrow.
But there are some who want to watch their work take fruition while staying anonymously in the shadows. Always using new and effective ways to bear false witness against another, striking at the heart of the person, the person’s reputation, business, what have you.
Now, after understanding what the Lord is saying here, and why he chose these three weapons as an example of what a man who bears false witness against his neighbor is akin to, is there any question as to why he hates it so? It is on us to refrain from this behavior, and also to get right with the Lord concerning this.
If you’re given to bear false witness against people…
No matter how justified you may or may not feel, the Lord isn’t good with it, and will cause for him to not be good with you. Seek him out, and work with him to get this behavior removed from your skillset, and replaced with truth and honesty toward your neighbor, leading to loving them as yourself.
This is for your benefit, not theirs. Whether or not you feel they deserve you loving them as you love yourself is irrelevant.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Romans 13: King James Bible
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
James 3: King James Bible
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Thank you for this awesome example of how you see what happens when we bear false witness against our neighbor, regardless of who they are. Help us to avoid giving any thought about justifying things that are not just, and may our flesh remain crucified concerning these kinds of actions against you will. Fill us with the fruits of your Holy Spirit, and may we react and respond to others as you would will for us to as your children. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When tempted to bear false witness against anyone, have you ever noticed all of the other temptations that come along with it?