Proverbs 18:17 – Cross-examination

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

(Pro 18:17 ESV)

Imagine a court where the accuser’s lawyer was allowed to ask all the questions of the witnesses, but the defendant’s lawyer had to sit by and watch. Or a debate where only one side was allowed to make their case. Sometimes we may be swept away by the lofty rhetoric and flowery words of a politician making huge campaign promises and inspirational speeches about the grandeur of his or her nation.

But the next morning the newspaper commentaries dissect the politician’s speech. The debater is given a chance to offer a rebuttal. The defendant’s lawyer takes her turn to cross-examine the witness. When a persuasive case appears to have been made, never assume that’s the end of the discussion. There is always another side. If you have to go looking for it, search it out. Don’t let the issue rest until both sides have been heard.


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