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July 5, 2016

ON SWEARING

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

Lord Jesus Christ said…

“Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time, You shall not perjure yourself, but shall perform unto the Lord your 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 shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these comes from evil” (Matthew 5:33-37)

Very often we hear casual swearing by some people in the name of God or taking the name of God for flimsy reasons. Bible neither permits swearing nor taking the name of God in vain. Except in the court of Law, where we are bound by the law to swear, we are not supposed to swear in the name of God or in the name of earth or Jerusalem, or in the name of any of His creation. We are also not authorized to take the name of God in vain.

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7)

Perjury (false swearing) is criminal offence and it is punishable under law. False swearing is not only punishable in the court of law, but it is punishable by God. Bible has very strict commandment that false swearing should not be resorted to. The LORD keeps watching as to what we were affirming.

And you shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:12)

That which is gone out from your lips you shall keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as you have vowed unto the LORD your God, which you have promised with your mouth. (Deuteronomy 23:23)

God is the creator of heavens, earth, seas and everything therein. When someone swears by the name of His creation it is tantamount to swearing by His name. Bible says no one should swear by heaven because it is there that the throne of God is, and never by the earth because it is His footstool, neither by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great King. Bible does not allow swearing even by our head because we cannot turn even a single black hair into white or vice versa. Our word by mouth should be so firm and truthful that when we communicate our answers should be “Yes” or “No”. Anything more than that is evil.

“Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time, You shall not perjure yourself, but shall perform unto the Lord your 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 shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these comes from evil” (Matthew 5:33-37)

 

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