False Testimony and Gossip

The command says,

“Neither shall you give false testimony against your neighbor.” Deuteronomy 5:20

Note that this command is specifically about giving false testimony about your neighbor. This includes gossip.  It is also only directed toward a neighbor. Who is your neighbor is another whole study, but basically it is anyone who behaves as a Christian toward you and others.

It is never wrong to deceive or lie to or about one who hates our God to save health or innocent life.

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