Proverbs 14:5

5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

Proverbs 14:5 in Other Translations

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
5 An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies.
5 A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it.
5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a dishonest witness utters lies.

Proverbs 14:5 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 14:5

A faithful witness will not lie
For that would be contrary to his character as faithful; and as he will not witness to a falsehood upon oath in a court of judicature, so neither will he tell a lie in common conversation. This may be applied to Gospel ministers, who are witnesses of Christ; the Gospel they preach is a testimony concerning him, and they bear a faithful witness to the truth; nor will they, knowingly and willingly, deliver out a falsehood, or a doctrinal lie, since "no lie is of the truth", ( 1 John 2:21 ) ; the character of a faithful witness is given to Christ, ( Revelation 1:5 ) ( 3:14 ) ; who is a "witness" of his father's love and grace, of his mind and will, and of the doctrines of the Gospel relating to himself, and the method of salvation by him; and he is "faithful" to him that appointed him; nor can he nor will he lie, for he is "truth" itself; but a false witness will utter lies;
or "blow" F5 them out, and spread them abroad in great plenty; he will not stick to tell them, and, having no conscience, will utter them as fast as he can, with all boldness and confidence; for one that fears not to bear testimony to a falsehood upon oath, will not scruple to lie in common talk. Or the words, "nay" be rendered, "he that uttereth lies [will be] a false witness"; he that accustoms himself to lying, in his conversation with men in private company, will become a false witness upon occasion in a public court of judicature: such an one is not to be depended on; lesser sins lead to greater, lying to perjury. So false teachers, and the followers of the man of sin, speak lies in hypocrisy, doctrinal ones, which they are given up to believe; and such as do so are false witnesses, deceivers, and antichrist.


F5 (xypy) "efflabit", Montanus; "efflat", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Proverbs 14:5 In-Context

3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.
5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 12:2; S Proverbs 6:19; Proverbs 12:17
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