Matthew 5:36

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither shalt thou sweare by thy head, because thou canst not make one haire white or blacke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You may not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.
- Basic English Bible

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

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
- Webster's Bible

And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
- Weymouth Bible

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

for thou maist not make oon heere white, ne blacke;
- Wycliffe Bible

nor by thy head mayest thou swear, because thou art not able one hair to make white or black;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:36


5:36 For thou canst not make one hair white or black - Whereby it appears, that this also is not thine but God's.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:36


Mt 5:36 By thy head. Senseless, since the oath could have no meaning. Dr. Thompson ("The Land and the Book") says the Orientals are still terribly profane, swearing continually by the head, the beard, the heart, the temple, the church.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Nature
    Others have a chance to offer compassion to those in pain. What if our suffering is Their test. Is a chance for them to choose to show kindness. Then a opportunity for us to say and show to them that our strength and comfort in those troubling times comes from the Lord. He does not think as we mere humans do but as the mighty Alpha and Omega. The Great I AM. Lean not on our own understanding.
  • Cybrat
    To Devlin if your still reading this, yes it does state in the bible that Jesus is God. Please read, John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. I don't know you, your age, earthly age or Christian age. You made baby Christian for a season one. I won't make an assumption. I was a Christian for many years before I realized "Word" is capitalized! Word is Christ!!! Just replace "Word" with"Christ". I think bc not only was Christ sent here to die for our sins but, also to be the earthly voice of God. If we were to hear the voice of God I believe it would be to much for a human to handle.
  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.

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