They were negative: these are positive. Why was Isaiah a good example for us? 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. And this explains the fact that profane swearers are seldom believed. . He proposes a radical and total honesty. Profaneness does no one any good. Yes should mean yes, and No should mean no, even though there be no oath to strengthen it. She loyally stuck to Naomi, abandoning forever her family and the false religion of Moab. The most worthless and vile. 6:8) Before saying this, Isaiah saw a glorious vision of Jehovah sitting on His throne  above Israel’s temple. (John 6:44) The Bible describes the extent of Jesus’ truthfulness in these well-known words: “No matter how many the promises of God are, they have become Yes by means of him.” (2 Cor. Matthew 5:37. 14. The truth is that we do well to imitate Paul, just as he imitated Christ.​—1 Cor. If we say we are going to do something, we should make sure we do all we can to fulfill our words. Are you being true to your most important Yes? By going “in excess” of a simple Yes or No to state their intentions, such people may reveal that they are really untrustworthy and thus under the influence of “the wicked one.”​—Read Matthew 5:33-37. 5 “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:10) With these sincere words, Paul, then known as Saul, responded to the direction of the glorified Lord Jesus, who had appeared to him in a vision to stop him from persecuting Christ’s disciples. 18 By proving faithful in the final test at the end of Jesus’ Millennial Reign, we will never again have reason to doubt anyone’s word. If we confess the specific sin to Jehovah, he will mercifully forgive us through the office of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. (An example of this is in Jonah 3:10. I have come not to annul but to fulfill. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Teaching About Retaliation. 6:2, 3) Of course, it is far better to think carefully before making promises that we are unable to fulfill.​—Read Ecclesiastes 5:2. THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Matthew 5-7 is the Sermon on the Mount, the best known collection of Jesus' teachings. 8 “I am willing to go.” (Gen. 24:58) With these simple words, Rebekah answered her mother and her brother respecting her willingness to leave home that very day and travel with a stranger over 500 miles (800 km) to become the wife of Abraham’s son Isaac. 3. Matthew 5:33-37. It helps no one's morals or manners. 20:6 ) For countless millions more, it will mean benefiting from Christ’s Kingdom rule in an earthly paradise. This is because they obey Jesus, who said: “Just let your word Yes mean Yes.” He meant that a person should keep his word. 36. The Bible clearly warns that a person who is “false to agreements” is among those who are “deserving of death.” (Rom. 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. (Rev. What self-examination should we periodically make? Let your yes be yes and your no be no. to do your will, O God.” (Heb. From that time onward, Paul continued to address Jesus as his “Lord,” acting in harmony with that expression until the end of his earthly life. And just as swearing to the truth of what we say begets the disposition it is designed to remove, so the love and reign of truth in the breasts of Christ's disciples reveals itself so plainly even to those who themselves cannot be trusted, that their simple Yes and No come soon to be more relied on than the most solemn asseverations of others. Wantonly to profane His name, to call His vengeance down, to curse Him on His throne, to invoke damnation, is perhaps of all offences the most awful. For them it became a means of manipulation. In Paul’s case, the reason he delayed his planned visit to Corinth was for the congregation’s own good. Matthew 5:37 Translation & Meaning. Am I continuing to obey Jesus by making the preaching and disciple-making work the main focus of my life?’​—Read 2 Corinthians 13:5. What will help us to be true to our word? No particular endowments are requisite to give finish to the art of cursing. 16. James reproduces the precept in James 5:12 of his Epistle, but the phrase is found in the Talmud, and was probably proverbial. Then do not cancel it if a seemingly better invitation is made by someone else. (b) How should we view those appointed to take the lead among us? After all, the justice we tend to seek is retributive. Matthew 4 Matthew 6 Matthew 5:37 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) 37 [ a]Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one. Jesus prefaced that command by saying: “Do not swear at all.” He said this in condemnation of the casual habit that many people have in their daily conversation of repeatedly swearing to this or to that, without ever intending to do what they say. (Gal. What did Jesus say about the swearing of oaths, and why? We have here the converse of the preceding lessons. God will not hold the profane swearer guiltless. Moed Katon, fol. 17 What a wonderful future awaits all worshippers of Jehovah who keep striving to let their Yes mean Yes! 5:4-7, 11) There is also a loving provision for Christians who commit such a sin. But Ruth’s No meant No. Hilch. ... and therefore of the triune God. Then, instead of sailing directly from Ephesus to Corinth, Paul decided to give his brothers time to apply his counsel so that when he eventually arrived, his visit could be more encouraging. 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. Proceeds from some evil disposition or purpose. What did Jesus promise God in prayer, and how did his heavenly Father respond? More than these - More than these affirmations. Matthew 5:17-37 Jesus as Fulfilment of the Law Matthew 5:17-20 The Law and the Prophets 17 “ Do not think that I have come to annul the law or the prophets. Finally, at Naomi’s urging, Orpah returned to her homeland. As Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:34-36 point out, instead of swearing by God, they swore by “ the heaven, ” or by “ the earth,” or by Jerusalem, or even by their own heads. Parenting On Purpose. 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. 20. 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. It is true that all evil in our world is originally of the devil, that it forms a kingdom at the head of which he sits, and that, in every manifestation of it he has an active part. 3. 4 Jesus always practiced what he preached by letting his Yes mean Yes. And from this we may learn: 1. (a) Why is being true to our word so important? 11 Why has Jehovah had the above examples recorded for us in his Word? (2 Cor. I say to you.” (John 1:51; 13:16, 20, 21, 38) Let us see what else we can learn from the examples of Jesus, Paul, and others whose Yes meant Yes. Matthew 5:37 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 5:37, NIV: "All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one." Maimon. Apparently, it got pretty silly. 15 Proving true to our dedication vow means that we must also be faithful in other important matters. Then by all means let your Yes mean Yes, and Jehovah will bless your ministry.​—Read Luke 16:10. This verse is part of either the third or fourth antithesis, the final part of the discussion of oaths. He that will break the third commandment will not hesitate to break the ninth also. How could that be? It is no mark of a gentleman to swear. '', "he that says either "nay, nay", twice, or "yea, yea", twice; lo! As we learned in the preceding article, Jehovah God and his righteous servant Abraham made sworn oaths on important occasions. And how serious is the matter of letting our Yes mean Yes? 5. A man that is truly a Christian, and leads a Christian life, does not need oaths and profaneness to make him believed. (1 John 2:1, 2) To remain in God’s favor, however, we must show fruits that befit repentance by not making a practice of such sins and by doing our best to make amends for any harm done by our thoughtless speech. Wantonly to profane His name, to call His vengeance down, to curse Him on His throne, to invoke damnation, is perhaps of all offences the most awful. 1. Cometh of evil.--The Greek may (as in the Lord's Prayer, "Deliver us from evil") be either neuter, "from evil in the abstract," or masculine, "from the evil one." Lord!’ but do not do the things I say?” (Luke 6:46) Yes, Jesus expects all who accept him as their Lord to be true to their word, as was the apostle Paul. (Ex. But let your word 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and 'No' mean 'No.' If we have failed to keep our word, what should we do? 26:63, 64) Jesus, however, did not need to swear to anyone. What does this verse really mean? For anything beyond that is of evil. Maimon. Matthew 5:36, KJV: "Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black." (See Jas 5:12; 2Co 1:17, 18). The profane man must be, of course, shut out from female society, and no refined conversation can consist with it. (Amplified Bible - Lockman) (1 Cor. On three specific occasions, those who want to disown themselves as disciples of Jesus have the opportunity to say Yes to inquiries about their intentions. It is concluded from hence, that "nay" is an oath; saith Rabba, there are that say "nay, nay", twice; and there are that say "yea, yea", twice; as it is written, Genesis 9:11 and from hence, that "nay" is twice, "yea" is also twice said. 10. (Matt. God calls His people to be witnesses: What would it look like if you were known for telling the truth … Assuring them of the truthfulness of the reason for his change in plans, Paul wrote in his second letter: “I call upon God as a witness against my own soul that it is to spare you that I have not yet come to Corinth.” (2 Cor. 20:7-10) Every Yes will mean Yes, and every No, No. Yes should mean yes, and No should mean no, even though there be no oath to strengthen it. 2 Do Jesus’ words mean that all making of oaths is bad? The practice of going beyond Yes and No in affirmations and denials—as if our word for it were not enough, and we expected others to question it—springs from that vicious root of untruthfulness which is only aggravated by the very effort to clear ourselves of the suspicion of it. Nobody is the richer, or wiser, or happier for it. 3:1-5) As much as possible, we must avoid such bad association. 9:27, 28, 34, 35; Ezek. Answer: Jesus said, “Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37, KJV). 14 Whether you are newly baptized or have been serving God for decades, you need to examine yourself periodically and ask questions like these: ‘In imitation of Jesus Christ, am I continuing to be true to my most important Yes? 12 Living “in the last days,” we are surrounded by people who are “disloyal,” people “having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power.” (2 Tim. 1:1, 3, 5, 6, 16. 2. 31:5. Verily, in a world like this, where His name is profaned every day, and hour, and moment by thousands, God shows that He is slow to anger, and that His mercy is without bounds! 1:23) May we never be like Paul’s critics; rather, let us show our deep respect for those appointed to take the lead among us. In Matthew 5:33 Jesus quotes the common teaching given by the Scribes. She was rewarded for her faithfulness by becoming one of the ancestresses of the promised Seed, Jesus Christ.​—Heb. 7 Some time after making his original plans, Paul received disturbing news that disunity and immorality were being tolerated in Corinth. (Gen. 3:15) No other human has ever volunteered to shoulder such a heavy responsibility. 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. Matthew 5:37, ESV: "Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil." Matthew 5:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 5:36, NIV: "And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black." Such changes are not made for trivial, selfish reasons but because of some emergency. 20:6) For countless millions more, it will mean benefiting from Christ’s Kingdom rule in an earthly paradise. 16 The Bible states that as imperfect humans, “we all stumble many times,” especially in the use of our tongue. 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. More Of God. Oaths became like contests to see who could bind the most impressive object to his statements to give them the greatest force. God will not hold the profane swearer guiltless. For over 46 years, he faithfully served as a prophet, delivering strong messages of denunciation as well as wonderful promises about the restoration of true worship. Or, on a rare occasion, a Christian might find it necessary to make a sworn oath to assure others of his intentions or to help settle a matter. They made some oaths binding, and others not. Vid. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. To trifle with the name of God, or with any of his works, is itself most decided proof of depravity. To understand this verse, let’s read Matthew 5:34-37, which reads, “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Much of this material is also found in the Gospel of Luke, part of it … Yea, yea; Nay, nay—Let a simple Yes and No suffice in affirming the truth or the untruth of anything. 4:8) Paul was not like others of whom Jesus said: “Why, then, do you call me ‘Lord! 17:13-15, 19, 20; Acts 5:1-10. Even so, to emphasize the reliability of his message, he often introduced what he said in this unique way: “Most truly [literally, “Truly, truly,” ftn.] Would you like to read this article in %%? Jarchi, in Exodus 20.1. The Founding Fathers & The Bible. Why was Jesus such a fine example in proving true to his word. For the rest of her life, she dwelled in tents as an alien in the Promised Land. 10:7) With these meaningful words, Jesus presented himself to God to carry out all that was foretold about the promised Seed, including his being ‘bruised in the heel’ by Satan. Matthew 5:36, ESV: "And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black." Cometh of evil - Is evil. In fact, when Jesus himself was put under oath by the high priest, he did not object to it but responded truthfully to the Jewish Sanhedrin. BSPon Matthew 5:37 It is important to say what we mean and stick by what we say. 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. While gazing upon this glorious sight, Isaiah heard Jehovah say: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” This was an invitation to be Jehovah’s spokesman to deliver God’s message to His wayward people. 10 “Here I am! From baptism to death, Jesus proved true to what he promised his Father. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Let Your Yes Mean Yes, Publication download options Answer by J. I. Packer Page 1 of 1. 4. 1. Matthew 5:33-37, thieving vows 5:33 “Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,’ 34 but I tell you, don’t swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; 35 nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 "Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 5:21-37 EXEGESIS: MATTHEW 5-7. Matthew 5:34-37 (NKJV) "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 "nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 11:1; Heb. 9 “No, but with you we shall return to your people.” (Ruth 1:10) The Moabite widows Ruth and Orpah kept saying this to their widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, who was returning from Moab to Bethlehem. This does not mean that we should always use the word "yea," for it might as well have been translated "yes"; but it means that we should simply affirm or declare that a thing is so. That profane swearing is always the evidence of a depraved heart. 13. GENERALLY, true Christians do not have to make sworn oaths. TERMS OF USE the refuse of mankind, the drunkard and the prostitute, swear as well as the best dressed and educated gentleman. Introduction. Explain why it is not always wrong to make sworn oaths. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION October 2012, Audio download options Matthew 5:38-48 contains a litany of seemingly impossible attitudes and behaviors. Matthew 5:37 37 All you need to say is simply ‘ Yes ’ or ‘ No ’; u anything beyond this comes from the evil one . Hilch. There they will be helped to grow to physical and mental perfection.​—Rev. In Matthew 5:38-48, He implied that we must give up personal vengeance altogether. When we hear a man swear to a thing, it is pretty good evidence that he knows what he is saying to be false, and we should be on our guard. Dayot. But let your word 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and 'No' mean 'No.' Yea, yea.—St. ((a) T. Bab. 1:15, 16) But, as with traveling overseers today, sometimes routings have to be changed. Copyright © 2021 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. To what extent did Jesus let his Yes mean Yes? (Read Ruth 1:16, 17.) THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION October 2012, Share . I am come . That no man is believed any sooner in common conversation because he swears to a thing. 1:11; 5:1) To correct the situation, he wrote strong counsel in his first letter to the Corinthians. Send me.” (Isa. 1. The Hebrew Scriptures sought to place a cap on the scope of such retribution by making punishments proportional to the crime: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. (u) From an evil conscience, or from the devil. • Matthew 5:37: Let your speech be yes, yes; no, no. 3:2) What should we do upon realizing that we have failed to keep our word?  |  On occasion, he found it necessary to swear to the truthfulness of what he wrote. 11. All the modern translations of Matthew 5:37 say the same thing: "anything more than this comes from the evil one," or "anything more than this comes from evil.". 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. Amplified: Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one. 18 Seriously I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one iota or one small letter of the law will disappear 1:20) Indeed, Jesus is the finest example of one who proved true to what he promised his Father. What is the most important Yes spoken by a follower of Jesus Christ? Boundaries 101. What glorious future awaits all who strive to let their Yes mean Yes? Matthew 5:33-37 Jesus says that His brothers and sisters should not even be using such seemingly mild exclamations as "Good heavens!" 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). Matthew 5:37 is the thirty-seventh verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Certainly, church members are not using four-letter words or blaspheming or profaning God's name. Instead, we should regularly gather with those who strive always to let their Yes mean Yes.​—Heb. In God’s Law to Israel, there was a merciful provision for someone who was guilty of “speaking thoughtlessly with his lips.” (Lev. But that "yea" is an oath, how does it appear? (t) Whatever you affirm, affirm it alone, and whatever you deny, deny it alone without any more words. But as illustrated above by both Jesus and Paul, there is a difference between confronting evil and seeking personal revenge. Thus does the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, like a tree cast into the bitter waters of human corruption, heal and sweeten them. Matthew 5:37 KJ21 But let your communication be ‘yea, yea’ or ‘nay, nay’; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. S Similar examples of חְן חְן and לֹא לֹא in the Rabbins, in Lightfoot, and Schoettgen, p. In what areas of life is it important to let our Yes mean Yes? 13:7. 6 Paul zealously spread the Kingdom message throughout Asia Minor and into Europe, establishing and revisiting many congregations. 4. 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. 5. (Gen. 24:50-58) Rebekah’s Yes meant Yes, and she proved to be a faithful God-fearing wife to Isaac. 5:37. 1. For everyone then living will be a perfect imitator of our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah, “the God of truth.”​—Ps. The repetition of the ναί and οὔ is intended to make prominent the earnest and decisive nature of the assurance. Difference between confronting evil and seeking personal revenge of the original Greek Scripture is being true to word... 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