Matthew 23:21

And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And who so shall sweare by the Temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And whoever swears by the temple, swears {both} by the temple and by Him who dwells within it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he that sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he who takes an oath by the Temple, takes it by the Temple and by him whose house it is.
- Basic English Bible

And he that swears by the temple swears by it and by him that dwells in it.
- Darby Bible

And whoever shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth in it.
- Webster's Bible

he who swears by the Sanctuary swears both by it and by Him who dwells in it;
- Weymouth Bible

He who swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who was living in it.
- World English Bible

And he that swerith in the temple, swerith in it, and in hym that dwellith in the temple.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he who did swear by the sanctuary, doth swear by it, and by Him who is dwelling in it;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:21


Mt 23:21,22 Swear by the temple. Oaths that did they not call binding, Jesus traces to God himself. Compare Mt 5:35. The meaning is that all oaths are by God. There are no distinctions.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • Irene123
    To Brad Vigansky - I think I like your 'politics' - LOL.
  • Brad Vigansky
    Over the years, and there have been many. I have had 85 revs around the sun and hope to have quite a few more. During that time I studied myself out of 2 'Christian Churches'. I just couldn't abide by what they were teaching. If anybody asks me, "What am I" I would answer, I am a Son of the Living Creator God. If someone were ask me, "Prove there is a God", I would reply, prove there isn't.
  • Ben
    The Word of the Lord is the truth and the only truth. If we look around we can plainly see the actual Pharesees, the modern ones, doing the same things their ancestors did. I believe with all my heart and soul, there is one and only one father. Our Father and Lord, our creator...!
  • Beatrice Hutchinson
    commenting on v9 when God speak is words are truth if he say something we should listen we should do as he said because he is God. for example the pope people called him holy father only one holy father and is God almighty. People need to to worship God and not man.
  • Cynthia
    Matthew teach us not to said one thing and then do another thing. we should not live an double stander in life. if we teach and peach the word of God to our fellow labors we should set the same standard in our life.
  • Abelardo bolinao
    Our lord Jesus in this chapter emphasize the faults of the Pharisees and scribe. Most importantly,the truth about the FATHER, and mans true identity. Verse 12 . And they even block those who seek the truth and salvation. But he also advise that should you want to be great you should humble yourself. With the only one Father, the Jews and the Israelites knew that we are spiritual and we only have one Father. The Father in heaven but they are worshipping other entities. In wisdom of Solomon you will see what we really are

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