A False Witness. Proverbs 19:5

Proverbs 19:5

"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape." ESV

What could be more treacherous than a false witness? Imagine going to court, unjustly accused of a heinous crime. Your lawyer is certain you will be cleared, until a witness takes the stand and tells damning lies. With his words he destroys someone's life. Words are powerful, and to use them deceitfully is indeed evil.

Here we see a warning for the liar in us, and a comfort for the victim. For we are all both perpetrators and victims. Perpetrators because we all lie. Indeed, even the most honest person knows what it feels like to save face, cover up, or exaggerate. Victims because we all live in a world rife with evil, replete with deception.

The warning is simple: the one who breathes out lies will not escape.
The comfort is also simple: the one who breathes out lies will not escape.

Justice will be paid, whether sooner or later. Wisdom will teach us to keep that in mind, both as we seek justice in a broken world, and as we make decisions about how to use our own words - whether for evil or good.