Proverbs 24:28-29

28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, "I will do to others as they have done to me; I will pay them back for what they have done."

Proverbs 24:28-29 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 12

This chapter relates Rehoboam's going to Shechem to be made king, and Jeroboam's return from Egypt, 1Ki 12:1,2, the people's request to Rehoboam to be eased of their taxes, as the condition of making him king, 1Ki 12:3,4, his answer to them, after three days, having had the advice both of the old and young men, which latter he followed, and gave in a rough answer, 1Ki 12:5-15, upon which ten tribes revolted from him, and two abode by him, 1Ki 12:16-20, wherefore he meditated a war against the ten tribes, but was forbid by the Lord to engage in it, 1Ki 12:21-24 and Jeroboam, in order to establish his kingdom, and preserve the people from a revolt to the house of David, because of the temple worship at Jerusalem, devised a scheme of idolatrous worship in his own territories, 1Ki 12:25-33.

Proverbs 24:28-29 In-Context

26 One who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips.
27 Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, "I will do to others as they have done to me; I will pay them back for what they have done."
30 I passed by the field of one who was lazy, by the vineyard of a stupid person;
31 and see, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.
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