Matthew 5:37 KJ21 But let your communication be ‘yea, yea’ or ‘nay, nay’; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Instead, we should regularly gather with those who strive always to let their Yes mean Yes.​—Heb. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION October 2012, Audio download options And there is not in the universe more cause of amazement at His forbearance, than that God does not rise in vengeance, and smite the profane swearer at once to hell. Anything more that you say comes from the Evil One. "hence we learn, that they used to answer, "concerning yea, yea, and concerning nay, nay".''. 2 Do Jesus’ words mean that all making of oaths is bad? Matthew 5:37 "But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil (NASB: Lockman) Greek: esto de o logos humon nai nai, ou ou; to de perisson touton ek tou ponerou estin. 5. How could that be? For the 144,000 anointed ones, it will mean immortal life in heaven, where they will share with Jesus in his Kingdom “and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.” ( Rev. 5:21, 22) Thus, it may be necessary for a Christian to swear to tell the truth when testifying in a court of law. From baptism to death, Jesus proved true to what he promised his Father. Have you accepted an invitation to a meal by someone of humble means? The basest and meanest of mankind swear with as much tact and skill as the most refined, and he that wishes to degrade himself to the very lowest level of pollution and shame should learn to be a common swearer. Let your manner of asseveration be affirmation or negation, without an oath, ΝΑῚ ΚΑῚ Οὒ ΠΥΘΑΓΟΡΙΚΌΝ, ἔστω δὲ ὑμῶν τὸ ναὶ ναὶ, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Shebuot, fol. 17:13-15, 19, 20; Acts 5:1-10. 18 Seriously I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one iota or one small letter of the law will disappear Moed Katon, fol. What is the most important Yes spoken by a follower of Jesus Christ? 1:20) When some in Corinth accused Paul of being untrustworthy, he wrote in his defense: “God can be relied upon that our speech addressed to you is not Yes and yet No.” (2 Cor. And this explains the fact that profane swearers are seldom believed. He allowed nothing to sidetrack him from the commission he received from his Father to preach the good news of God’s Kingdom and to make disciples of all whom God drew to Jesus. (Gal. Explain why it is not always wrong to make sworn oaths. More Of God. Let your manner of asseveration be affirmation or negation, without an oath. Such changes are not made for trivial, selfish reasons but because of some emergency. (Read Ruth 1:16, 17.) He that will break the third commandment will not hesitate to break the ninth also. 6:8) Before saying this, Isaiah saw a glorious vision of Jehovah sitting on His throne  above Israel’s temple. Yea, yea.—St. Matthew 5:36, ESV: "And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black." That profane swearing is always the evidence of a depraved heart. Originally, he had planned to revisit Corinth before going into Macedonia. to do your will, O God.” (Heb. Yes should mean yes, and No should mean no, even though there be no oath to strengthen it. 36 "Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. Shebuot, c. 2. sect. Matthew 5:37. As a result of this encounter, Saul humbly repented of his past course, got baptized, and accepted the special assignment given to him to bear witness about Jesus to the nations. 37 "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' 1:11; 5:1) To correct the situation, he wrote strong counsel in his first letter to the Corinthians. Matthew 5:38-48 contains a litany of seemingly impossible attitudes and behaviors. It is disgusting to the refined; abominable to the good; insulting to those with whom we associate; degrading to the mind; unprofitable, needless, and injurious in society; and awful in the sight of God. She endured as a faithful worshipper of Jehovah and was rewarded by being one of only five women mentioned by Matthew in Christ’s genealogy.​—Matt. Then be true to your commitments and to what you have promised. Then continue to honor the precious vow you made to love and cherish your marriage mate. What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. 1:1, 3, 5, 6, 16. These devices of fantastic oaths come not from Him who is the Truth, but from him who “when he speaketh a lie, speaketh of his own” (John 8:44). Profaneness does no one any good. 17 What a wonderful future awaits all worshippers of Jehovah who keep striving to let their Yes mean Yes! What did Jesus say about the swearing of oaths, and why? For everyone then living will be a perfect imitator of our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah, “the God of truth.”​—Ps. There they will be helped to grow to physical and mental perfection.​—Rev. This way of speaking, they looked upon equivalent to an oath; yea, they affirm it was one. Answer by J. I. Packer Page 1 of 1. My question is, if the correct translation is evil rather than the evil one, could this term be understood as meaning "harmful," rather than something morally evil. Why was Isaiah a good example for us? 31:5. God will not hold the profane swearer guiltless. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. 1:31, 32) Pharaoh of Egypt, Judean King Zedekiah, and Ananias and Sapphira are among the bad examples highlighted in the Bible of individuals whose Yes did not mean Yes. God will not hold the profane swearer guiltless. 6, 7. (b) What warning examples are there of some who were not truthful? (An example of this is in Jonah 3:10. But let your word 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and 'No' mean 'No.' For the 144,000 anointed ones, it will mean immortal life in heaven, where they will share with Jesus in his Kingdom “and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.” (Rev. 1:18) At the time of writing that, Paul had left Ephesus and was traveling through Macedonia on his way to Corinth. This is because they obey Jesus, who said: “Just let your word Yes mean Yes.” He meant that a person should keep his word. The repetition of the ναί and οὔ is intended to make prominent the earnest and decisive nature of the assurance. Any person has talents enough to learn to curse God and his fellowmen, and to pray - for every man who swears prays - that God would sink him and others into hell. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION October 2012, The Watchtower—Study Edition  |  October 2012, They Offered Themselves Willingly—In Brazil, Obey God and Benefit from His Sworn Promises, Encouragement “Out of the Mouth of Children”. Same Subject—Retaliation (Mt 5:38-42). As we learned in the preceding article, Jehovah God and his righteous servant Abraham made sworn oaths on important occasions. (1 Cor. 4. We have here the converse of the preceding lessons. for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil—not "of the evil one"; though an equally correct rendering of the words, and one which some expositors prefer. 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