In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
Read Proverbs 18:17 Using Other Translations
He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.
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