A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.
This is the same proverb as 19:5, except that it spells out what is alluded to in the previous one which states that the liar will “not escape.” He will perish. However much he may try to lie his way out of such a destiny, his lies only serve to secure that destiny. Punishment will come; judgment will take place and the verdict will be death.
The biggest lie of the liar is the one he makes to himself – that he will escape such an end. He is the fool who has bought into the lie of the first Liar, Satan – “You will not die.” If only he would listen to the words of the one who is Truth – “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
1 John 1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.