The utterance of a false statement under oath or affirmation. The Decalogue (Ten Commandments) forbids both the swearing of false oaths and the bearing of false testimony (Exod 20:7; Exod 20:16; Deut 5:11; Deut 5:20; Lev 19:12; Jer 7:9). False witnesses are to suffer the same punishment that they had hoped to inflict upon the others (Deut 19:16-21), but the law also allows those who swear falsely to rectify their wrongdoing by making full restitution, paying a fine, and bringing a sin offering (Lev 5:1-6:30). In the NT, perjured witness against Jesus is reported (Mark 14:56-59). 1 Timothy notes that perjurers are among those for whom “the law” was laid down (1Tim 1:10).
7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
11You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
20Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.
12And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the Lord.
9Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known,
16If a malicious witness comes forward to accuse someone of wrongdoing,17then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and t ... View more
1When any of you sin in that you have heard a public adjuration to testify and—though able to testify as one who has seen or learned of the matter—does not spea ... View more
56For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.57Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying,58“We heard him say, ... View more
10fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching