“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 9:1).It must be evident from examples such as these; that what Jesus would have his disciples avoid is the frivolous misuse of language or a straining; after sensationalism, neither of which are closely related to truth. He was not forbidding I solemn declarations which are a proper expression of deep emotion.
“For God is my witness ...that without i ceasing I make mention of you always in my | prayers” (Rom. 1:9).
“Moreover I call God for a witness upon my -j soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth” (2 Cor. 1:23).
“The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... knoweth that I lie not” (2 Cor. 11:31).
“Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not” (Gal. 1:20).
Swear not at all. Not only did Jesus and
Paul come down to the level of ordinary men by accepting oaths and using them
(see text), but so also God Himself: Lk. 1:73; Acts 2:30; Heb. 3:11, 18; 4:3;
6:13-18; 7:20, 21. And in Rev. 10:6 there is the oath of an
The city of the great King, Ps. 46:8
celebrates judgment on the great enemy - Assyrian Sennacherib - for his taking
the Name of Jehovah in vain.