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Holman Bible Dictionary
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
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Perjury'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/p/perjury.html. 1991.