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News Item 350. Mishlei 19-05 (Falsehood)

A new proverb was posted to the Mishlei section on Monday, November 13.

(ה) עֵד שְׁקָרִים לֹא יִנָּקֶה וְיָפִיחַ כְּזָבִים לֹא יִמָּלֵט:
A false witness will not be exonerated, but neither will the deceptive talker escape.
This proverb compares the person who distorts the truth for personal advantage with the individual who gives false testimony in a court of law. It is obvious that the false witness ( עֵד שְׁקָרִים ) is committing a sinful act by perjuring himself. However, the individual who misleads his listener with deceptive statements ( יָפִיחַ כְּזָבִים ) hopes to whitewash his behavior after the fact. Mishlei blasts such wishful thinking. Just as the false witness will not be exonerated ( לֹא יִנָּקֶה ), so will the deceptive speaker be unable to escape ( לֹא יִמָּלֵט ) the consequences of his behavior. He will have to face Divine judgment and this excuses will not be accepted.