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Holman Bible Dictionary

PERJURY

A false statement given voluntarily under oath. Perjury involves either false witness to past facts or the neglect of what has been previously vowed. Mosaic law prohibited false swearing (Leviticus 19:12; Exodus 20:7) and giving false witness (Exodus 20:16). False witness was punishable with the sentence which would have gone to the one falsely accused of guilt (Deuteronomy 19:16-21). Vows and oaths to perform an act were to be fulfilled (Numbers 30:2). See Oaths.


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Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'PERJURY'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/hbd/view.cgi?number=T4922>. 1991.