Hebrews 6:13
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English Standard Version
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,

King James Bible
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

American Standard Version
For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God making promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom he might swear, swore by himself,

English Revised Version
For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself,

Webster's Bible Translation
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,

Weymouth New Testament
For when God gave the promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Illustration of the long-suffering of faith by the example of Abraham. The necessity for emphasizing this element of faith lay in the growing discouragement of the Jewish Christians at the long delay of Christ's second coming. Comp. ch. 11. Abraham became a sojourner in the land of the promise, looking for the heavenly city (Hebrews 11:9, Hebrews 11:10). All the instances cited in that chapter illustrate the long outlook of faith, involving patient waiting and endurance. The example of Abraham shows, first, that the promise of God is sure.

Because he could swear by no greater (ἐπεὶ κατ' οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι)

Lit. since he had (the power) to swear by no one greater.

By himself (καθ' ἑαυτοῦ)

Comp. Genesis 22:16. N.T.o , but see lxx, Amos 6:8.

Hebrews 6:13 Parallel Commentaries

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he sware.

Hebrews 6:16-18 For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife...

Genesis 22:15-18 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time...

Ezekiel 32:13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more...

Psalm 105:9,10 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac...

Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That to me every knee shall bow...

Jeremiah 22:5 But if you will not hear these words, I swear by myself, said the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.

Jeremiah 49:13 For I have sworn by myself, said the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse...

Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Luke 1:73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham,

Cross References
Genesis 22:16
and said, "By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

Exodus 32:13
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, 'I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.'"

Deuteronomy 1:8
See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.'

Isaiah 45:23
By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: 'To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.'

Jeremiah 22:5
But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.

Jeremiah 44:26
Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, says the LORD, that my name shall no more be invoked by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, 'As the Lord GOD lives.'

Luke 1:73
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us

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