II. A2 LECTURE XXXV.It is probable, therefore, that the intended antithesis re-lates, not so much to the actual fact of truth saving andfalsehood condemning, as to the dispositions and intentionsof the faithful witness on the one hand, and the lying wit-ness on the other. The faithful witness delights in givingtestimony that will save life — that will be salutary andbeneficial to his fellow-creatures. The lying witness will, ingeneral, be found actuated by a malevolent and wicked pur-pose, having pleasure in giving testimony that will go tocondemn the object of his malice. The sentiment will thusbe, that truth is most generally found in union with kind-ness of heart, and falsehood with malevolence. And this isnatural ; the former being both good, the latter both evil ;falsehood more naturally akin to malice, and truth to love." A deceitful witness" is evidently not intended to be under-stood of a witness who deceives for the good of others.A man may occasionally deceive for such a purpose; butthis is the exception, not the rule. The deceitful man de-ceives for his own advantage: — while the man of truthregards not the results, whether to others or to himself;but, be they painful or pleasant, considers only what fidelityand veracity demand of him : not things as he may wishthem, but things as they are*Verse 2 6. " In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence ;and his children shall have a place of refuge."He who fears God, according to the revelation He hasgiven of himself, may well have " strong confidence." Thatin which he confides is all infinite: — the truth, the love,the wisdom, the power of his covenant God! What con-fidence shall be strong, if this is not strong? The Godwhom he fears and loves (for in the Scripture sense he can-not fear without loving) has given, in the name of his Son," exceeding great and precious promises ; " — precious inthemselves, in the fulness of blessing, for time and for eter-nity, which they contain; precious, as given by divinefidelity; precious, as pledged and made sure of fulfilment* Comp. chap. vi. 19; xii. 17; xiii. 5.