The table below presents presents
two contradictory verses.
Both verses speak about
a perjury case.
The underlined words highlight the contradiction.
One verse says
a false witness testifies
while the other verse states
two witnesses testify.
Which is it?
Is there one or two witnesses?
Verse / Source
Text of verse / Source
The witness group
If a false witness rises up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Two men arguing
Then the two men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, who shall be in those days.
The two men are called the witness (group).
Rashi resolves this contradiction using the broad-literal
method. Rashi reads the two verses as follows.
By using the table structure
with underlines we are able to participate and empathize with Rashi in
construction of the Rashi comment.
Advanced Rashi: Rashi makes other comments on this
verse. For example Rashi states this teaches that the witnesses
must stand. The other Rashi comments are explained using other
Rashi rules. See rule #8 databases for an explanation
of the other Rashi comments.