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TRAVlS
Jan 7th 2011, 11:15 PM
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.


Is Jesus saying never to make a promise?
Would that include marriage vows, or oath of office, or oath of enlistment?
I am not saying these things are wrong to do. I am only asking your opinion because I am unsure on the subject. Am I reading this out of context?

david
Jan 7th 2011, 11:23 PM
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.


Is Jesus saying never to make a promise?
Would that include marriage vows, or oath of office, or oath of enlistment?
I am not saying these things are wrong to do. I am only asking your opinion because I am unsure on the subject. Am I reading this out of context?

Yes, here is the New American Standard Bible version:

But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. 36 Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.
Matt 5:34-37 (NASB)

I myself am trying not to say "will" at all (unless it is about the will of god) nor make any oaths nor promises nor vows. Also see this:

It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness.
Eccl 5:5-7 (NASB)

TRAVlS
Jan 8th 2011, 05:54 PM
Im curious what more people think about these verses.