James 5:12 Absolutely Forbids All Swearing

James 5:12 is another verse that unequivocally forbids ALL swearing. It reads “… 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.”

I suppose those who allow swearing wish the verse read like this instead: Swear seldom, but not by heaven, not by the earth, neither by any other frivolous oath: and make and keep solemn oaths.

Suppose a mother commanded her children – watch no TV today, not Andy Griffith, not Sunday Night Football, nor any other program; just pass the time by reading a book. Do you think she would mean it is okay to watch Hogan’s Heroes?

If God had wanted to say we were never to swear, not even in a court of law, please tell us how He could have said it more definitively than the way Matthew 5:34 and James 5:12 express it?

Any line of reasoning on Matt 5:20-48 (or elsewhere) that leads to saying it is okay to swear today must be an unsound line of reasoning. Matt 5:34 and James 5:12 are unequivocal on this point – “swear not at all” and “swear not … by any … oath.”


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