The first to state his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.
They biblical phrase describes trials, direct examination and cross examination in some ways better than any book or pamphlet. Witnesses take the stand and on direct examination and “seem right”. They seem right, believable and convincing. Then the challenge to their story comes in … we challenge their story. We provide the counterweight. When done, the witness no longer seems right.
I take you through a recent case, a probation violation hearing, where Proverbs 18:17 came to life. I walk you through how the prosecution witness gave damning testimony against our client and it seemed “right” until cross examined. This is a valuable lesson in not jumping to conclusions and allowing cross examination to tell the story.