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Exodus 23:1

    Exodus 23:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You shall not raise a false report: put not your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou shalt not take up a false report: put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do not let a false statement go further; do not make an agreement with evil-doers to be a false witness.

    Webster's Revision

    Thou shalt not take up a false report: put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

    World English Bible

    "You shall not spread a false report. Don't join your hand with the wicked to be a malicious witness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou shalt not take up a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 23:1

    Thou shalt not raise a false report - Acting contrary to this precept is a sin against the ninth commandment. And the inventor and receiver of false and slanderous reports, are almost equally criminal. The word seems to refer to either, and our translators have very properly retained both senses, putting raise in the text, and receive in the margin. The original לא תשא lo tissa has been translated, thou shalt not publish. Were there no publishers of slander and calumny, there would be no receivers; and were there none to receive them, there would be none to raise them; and were there no raisers, receivers, nor propagators of calumny, lies, etc., society would be in peace.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 23:1

    These four commands, addressed to the conscience, are illustrations of the ninth commandment, mainly in reference to the giving of evidence in legal causes. Compare 1 Kings 21:10; Acts 6:11.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 23:1

    23:1 Thou shalt not raise, the margin reads, Thou shalt not receive a false report, for sometimes the receiver in this case is as bad as the thief; and a backbiting tongue would not do so much mischief, if it were not countenanced. Sometimes we cannot avoid hearing a false report, but we must not receive it, we must not hear it with pleasure, nor easily give credit to it.