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Dave Roth
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Today's Bible Study

Speak with Integrity

James 5:12

12 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.


This passage echoes Jesus' words in Matthew 5:33-37. It was a custom in those days to swear by various objects. Such a custom still exists today. I am certain that my readers have heard the expression, "I swear on my mother's grave, etc." It is also customary in our court systems to ask people to raise their hand and swear on the Holy Bible to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. The swearing of oaths is a sin.

James sincerely believed that, as he wrote, "But above all things, my brethren, swear not!" Then, he itemizes with a list that includes all things. Do not swear by heaven, neither by earth, neither by any other oath. This rule should be first among all the things that govern your life. Do not swear!

The reasons for this should be obvious. Just as we read in James 4:13-14, "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." The swearing of an oath is the same as making a plan without knowing the future.    Read More

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