9 ¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
Several similar statements regarding the false witness have preceded this.
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Proverbs 12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
What we say and how we say it matters quite a bit to the God of the Bible. This is understandable as Genesis chapter One states that God spoke the universe into existence (see Quantum Physics on vibrations as the foundation of matter and energy), He spoke and light appeared (sonoluminescence, first understood in the 1930’s), He spoke the stars and all the heavens into existence (man is still trying to understand the theory of sonofusion). In the Bible what we do for people is represented by the verb ‘to communicate’ in specific contexts (Galatians 6:6; Philippians 4:14; 1 Timothy 6:18; Hebrews 13:16. Our behavior is defined as conversation in certain contexts (i.e.:Psalm 37:14; Galatians 1:13; Ephesians 2;3; Hebrews 13:7; James 3;13).
We are supposed to watch what vibrations come out of our mouths.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Lying and being a false witness is condemned by God. As I said before, being a false witness in order to do harm is even worse than just plain lying. Buy lying and distorting the truth are not pleasing to God.
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
God doesn’t want liars in the New Jerusalem that will come down to earth (Revelation 21:2). Satan is a liar (John 8:44). Some people define themselves by their lying. Their entire existence revolves around lying. I’ve met some in business and we know there are plenty in government. Lying to them is a tool, a way to attain a hoped for end. These people are evil, just plain wicked. We have them in the halls of power, in pulpits across America, in boardrooms, classrooms, and in every walk of life.
2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
I’m reading a book from the very early 1900’s entitled Little Visits with Great Americans. One of the repeated pieces of advice from several of the successful inventors and businessmen for young people, the purpose of the book, was to always be honest, to tell the truth at all times. Now, whether or not you believe Thomas Edison, Andrew Carnegie, Hiram Maxim, Marshall Field, John Wanamaker, etc. etc. were truthful men is not the point. The point is that the one thing that was common among many of them was to give advice to young people and that was to be honest and not to lie.
Zechariah 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
2Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Most important, speak the truth with the right heart.
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: