THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

Comforting indeed is the realization that the imperative "thou shalt not" of the Commandments, prohibiting evil, also implies God's promise to His beloved children. The Decalogue can be thought of as His covenant with the faithful, tenderly assuring them that they shall not be victimized by evil in any guise whatever or betrayed into believing or expressing falsities about themselves or others.

The ninth commandment (Ex. 20:16), "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour," sets forth much more than the admonition not to tell lies about that neighbor. Even to accept lies or to repeat them is to disobey this divine directive and to bear false witness. Anyone yielding to such a temptation would injure and deprive both himself and his neighbor.

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