Does God Say It Is Wrong To Swear ?

Matthew 5:33-37 reads “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: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

Some say this passage leaves room for some swearing, but don’t we know what the phrase “at all” means? Notice the following Biblical parallels:

· John 18:38 – Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. – Were some faults found in Jesus?

· I John 1:5 – This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. – Is there some darkness (sin) in God?

When Jesus said to “swear not at all,” he meant what he said; he left no wiggle room. James 5:12 confirms this by saying “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” Swearing is always a sin, so we should never do it – no exceptions, not even in a court of law.

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