Today 's Lesson From The Sermon On The Mount Of About Oath And Swearing

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Today 's lesson from the “Sermon on the Mount” about oath and swearing. Matthew 5:33-37. deals with the matter of oath and swearing. Matthew 5:33-37 (KJV)
33 Again, 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:
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God 's throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

In this verse Jesus presents a different approach than the former verses. In the previous pattern, He presented the former rule and then presents the new one, after that He explain it, then present an examples. Here Jesus presents the new rule "swear not at all" and then moves directly to the examples.

Very few Christians interpret this verse literally to mean that all oaths are prohibited.

Jesus tells us not to swear at all, but to say simply, "Yes" or "No" (verse 37). If we are honest, we have no need to take an oath.

What Jesus saying is, that we don 't need to swear by anything to confirm that our statements are true. A Christian 's word should be his bond.

When we make a pledge to some one our word was our bond…

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