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Proverbs 19:5

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19:5 A false witness 1  will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out 2  lies will not escape punishment. 3 

Proverbs 19:9

Context

19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished,

and the one who spouts out 4  lies will perish. 5 

1 tn Heb “a witness of lies.” This expression is an attributive genitive: “a lying witness” (cf. CEV “dishonest witnesses”). This is paralleled by “the one who pours out lies.”

2 tn Heb “breathes out”; NAB “utters”; NIV “pours out.”

3 tn Heb “will not escape” (so NAB, NASB); NIV “will not go free.” Here “punishment” is implied, and has been supplied in the translation for clarity.

sn This proverb is a general statement, because on occasion there are false witnesses who go unpunished in this life (e.g., Prov 6:19; 14:5, 25; 19:9). The Talmud affirms, “False witnesses are contemptible even to those who hire them” (b. Sanhedrin 29b).

4 tn Heb “breathes out”; NAB “utters”; NIV “pours out.”

5 sn The verse is the same as v. 5, except that the last word changes to the verb “will perish” (cf. NCV “will die”; CEV, NLT “will be destroyed”; TEV “is doomed”).



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