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Is it OK to swear?


Now, therefore, swear unto me here by God ... And Abraham said, I will swear. Genesis 21:23-24

And Abraham said unto his eldest servant ... Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: and I will make thee swear by the Lord. Genesis 24:2-3

And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter. Genesis 24:9

And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac. Genesis 31:53

And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. Genesis 47:31

When a man shall make a singular vow .... He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good. Leviticus 27:2, 10

If a man vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. Numbers 30:2

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Deuteronomy 6:13

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him thou shalt serve, and to him thou shalt cleave, and swear by his name. Deuteronomy 10:20

When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay for it; for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. Deuteronomy 23:21

Every one that sweareth by him shall glory. Psalm 63:11

I [God] have sworn by myself. Isaiah 45:23

O house of Jacob ... which swear by the name of the Lord. Isaiah 48:1

He that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth. Isaiah 65:16

And thou shalt swear. Jeremiah 4:2

And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people. Jeremiah 12:16

I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. Daniel 12:7

He [God] sware to himself. Hebrews 6:13

And the angel ... sware by him that liveth for ever and ever. Rev.10:5-6


But I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven for it is God's throne; nor by the earth for it is his footstool. Matthew 5:34

But above all things, 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. James 5:12

Christian Responses
Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible: Swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath (Gen 21)