Matthew 5:36
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New International Version
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.

King James Bible
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

World English Bible
Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.

Young's Literal Translation
nor by thy head mayest thou swear, because thou art not able one hair to make white or black;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head - For these plain reasons:

1st. God commands thee not to do it.

2dly. Thou hast nothing which is thy own, and thou shouldst not pledge another's property.

3dly. It never did, and never can, answer any good purpose. And

4thly. Being a breach of the law of God, it is the way to everlasting misery.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 23:16-21 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing...


Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?

Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Agree with Thine Adversary
Eversley, 1861. Windsor Castle, 1867. St. Matthew v. 25, 26. "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." This parable our Lord seems to have spoken at least twice, as He did several others. For we find it also in the 12th
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Salt Without Savour
'Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.'--MATT. v. 13. These words must have seemed ridiculously presumptuous when they were first spoken, and they have too often seemed mere mockery and irony in the ages since. A Galilean peasant, with a few of his rude countrymen who had gathered round him, stands up there on the mountain, and says to them, 'You,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Lamp and the Bushel
'Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'--Matt. v. 14-16. The conception of the office of Christ's disciples contained in these words is a still bolder one than that expressed by the preceding metaphor, which
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The New Form of the Old Law
'Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20. For I say
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 5:35
or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.

Matthew 5:37
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

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