September 07, 2007

Breadcrumb: Your word against mine... and his

Deut. 19:15-21 talks about witnesses. Yes, even in ancient Israel, you could not convict a man (or woman) on the word of only one witness: you needed at least two or three. Even then, people understood that cases of "your word against mine" had no clear solution except favouring one person over another. Therefore the Bible commanded that you needed multiple witnesses to make any conviction. And just before thinking about bearing false witness, think on this: a false witness who was found out would be served the same sentence he wanted to impose on the defendant.

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