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“Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.” - Matthew 26:59-61.

Comment:

People of God must run away from joining a multitude to do evil. (Exodus 23:2) Because the leaders of the Jews were afraid of Jesus Christ and therefore bent on putting him away, they spared no effort in cooking up charges against him for the Roman authorities to pass the death sentence on him.  However, because of their  haste, it was after he had been arrested that they  started looking for credible witnesses against him.  Their charges did not even agree . (Mark 14:56) Even the charge they accepted, that he will rebuild the temple in three days, they did not bother to  find out what he meant.  But anything to hang on will do.  Obviously the Jewish court was used to the practice of hiring false witnesses when they have evil schemes to  carry out. “Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty” declared David the prophet in Psalm 27:12.

The Bible says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” (Exodus 20:16) In fact, King Solomon says that, “A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.” This is because “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.”.(Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 14:5) Those given to such practices should retrace their steps because,  “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. Proverbs 19;:9. 

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