Just looked it up in my own copy of the New King James Version of the “Open Bible”…expanded edition. You were right. I’m unsure that he meant ACTUAL lawyers, however. He was speaking to Pharisees and scribes. Then up pops “one of the lawyers.” Where else does it mention “lawyers” as a profession? Jesus seems to see lawyers as architects as he accuses them of “building the tombs of the prophets.”
Again. “False Witness” means accusing someone falsely of doing something wrong. It does NOT mean fibbing or even lying about one’s own accomplishments or about those of one’s family or friend circles. The 9th Commandment does NOT sanction lying…merely lying in order to harm someone else.
You’re forgetting the operative VERB in the Commandment…BEAR…and you’re forgetting the extension of the Commandment…“against thy neighbor.” Read in its ENTIRETY, the Commandment does not enjoin us not to lie. It enjoins us not to tell falsehoods about our neighbors…bearing false witness about them. Most lies really do no particular HARM unless the are lies about what someone else has said, done or failed to do. It was wrong for Candidate Trump to wrongly accuse Ted Cruz’s father of “colluding with Fidel Castro.” It was NOT wrong for him to wrongly claim that his inaugural crowd was the “largest in history,” because it harmed NO ONE. It was just hyperbole, and NOT a breaking of the 9th Commandment–though the former was. Unfortunately, the idiot left doesn’t seem capable of making that distinction.