Needless swearing is a misuse of God’s holy name.

BibleGateway: Matthew 5:33-37

ESV Text: Matthew 5:33-37

Matthew 5:33-37 (Listen)

Oaths

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5

     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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 279:
Today Thy Mercy Calls Us

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Today Thy mercy calls us 
To wash away our sin. 
However great our trespass, 
Whatever we have been, 
However long from mercy 
Our hearts have turned away, 
Thy precious blood can cleanse us 
And make us white today. 

2. Today Thy gate is open, 
And all who enter in 
Shall find a Father’s welcome 
And pardon for their sin. 
The past shall be forgotten, 
A present joy be given, 
A future grace be promised, 
A glorious crown in heaven. 

3. Today our Father calls us, 
His Holy Spirit waits; 
His blessed angels gather 
Around the heavenly gates. 
No question will be asked us 
How often we have come; 
Although we oft have wandered, 
It is our Father’s home. 

4. O all-embracing Mercy, 
O ever-open Door, 
What should we do without Thee 
When heart and eye run o’er? 
When all things seem against us, 
To drive us to despair, 
We know one gate is open, 
One ear will hear our prayer. 


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