Devotional. Baring My Testimony: Adventures In An Old Court Bearing testimony? Baring testimony? Bears and testimony? It is not a simple matter to bear testimony, let alone understand what is asked of us, and especially difficult for a child to grasp. To whom do we testify? Of what do we testify? Why must everyone testify? The original sense of the Latin testis was “one standing as a third, in reference to the witness standing as a third entity in a lawsuit.” That raises other questions: Who is the judge? Who are the jury? Under what legal code is the trial being conducted? In what jurisdiction? And is it objectionable to lead the witness?