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

  • Pam
    I noticed the are those who look at the beatitudes like commandments. Jesus compacted the commandments into 2; love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. The beatitudes are love in action as a result of being born again, following Him and bearing fruit.
  • Maria
    The law still stands. Christ said it in v.17. He came to fulfill what was written of him, that he should suffer and be crucified, not to do away with the law. Whosoever breaks one of the least commandments he mentioned in verses 1-16 and teaches others to do the same will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  • Walter lee Dillard
    God is a good God and he always knows what we doing and about to do. The words say that what ever he have in store for us we shall receive it in the name of Jesus. We can always depends on God to do what he say he going to do for us all we have to do is believe in him and let him do his work Amen.
  • BSP
    God sees those who are persecuted for doing what is right in His eyes and He is going to bless such ones.
  • Katawanna legget
    god is good all the times he woke us up
  • Otis Dorsey
    If we work for the lord we will be reward

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