The 8th Commandment: You Shall Not Bear False Witness

A Simple Way to Pray By Martin Luther

The Eighth Commandment:

You shall not bear false witness.

This teaches us, first of all, to be truthful to each other, to shun lies and calumnies, to be glad to speak well of each other, and to delight in hearing what is good about others. Thus a wall has been built around our good reputation and integrity to protect it against malicious gossip and deceitful tongues; God will not let that go unpunished, as he has said in the other commandments.

We owe him thanks both for the teachings and the protection which he has graciously provided for us.

Third, we confess and ask forgiveness that we have spent our lives in ingratitude and sin and have maligned our neighbor with false and wicked talk, though we owe him the same preservation of honor and integrity which we desire for ourselves.

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Fourth, we ask for help from now on to keep the commandment and for a healing tongue, etc.


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