| Does anyone see a difference between lying and “bearing false witness”?

Does anyone see a difference between lying and “bearing false witness”?

frenzy- Strawberry shortcake asked:

I do. I believe that bearing false witness is lying while under an oath or with the intention of hurting someone. Therefore, lies that are said in order to not hurt someone are not sin.

Anyone who cares to look it up in reference to the original Hebrew, or the Jewish culture, it would be much appreciated. I have a headache and researching right now is an impossibility.
“Bearing false witness” would be lying about what actually happened as far as events.
Thank you so much, JC is the man. :)

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4 Responses to “Does anyone see a difference between lying and “bearing false witness”?”

  1. Maria M on June 2nd, 2009 2:49 pm

    yes if i lie on someone its false witness. if you lie just to lie its just a lie.

  2. tshnobodysfool on June 5th, 2009 9:14 am

    There is definitely a distinction. Bearing false witness is saying something false either accusing someone of wrongdoing or not defending someone who you know is wrongly accused. It can also involve any situation where you witness something or are in a witness role. It’s the more serious rather than the trivial form of lying.

  3. Yeshe Tsomo on June 9th, 2009 9:04 am

    Interesting question. Bearing false witness happens continuously in everyday life. have you ever had someone witness something you have done, not fully conversant with the facts of why you are doing it.? They then report to your boss or manager what they thought they saw you do. When confronted, you realize that they have born false witness because they did not have all the facts? Did that person lie? No, they reported the truth as ‘they saw it’. That is one interpretation of false witness. Lying is something that is done deliberately, pre-meditated, thought about and put into action. I hope this helps.

  4. Snow Globe on June 12th, 2009 9:27 am

    I think of the commandment as meaning not to be deceptive so as to pervert justice or do wrong. I would “lie” to save a person’s feelings or to protect a righteous person from harm. I would not lie to get away with something wrong or cover up someone else’s wrong acts. <