Matthew 5:37

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But let your communication bee Yea, yea: Nay, nay: For whatsoeuer is more then these, commeth of euill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' {or} 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But let your speech be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: and whatsoever is more than these is of the evil `one'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But let your words be simply, Yes or No: and whatever is more than these is of the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

But let your word be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; but what is more than these is from evil.
- Darby Bible

But let your communication be, Yea, yea, Nay, nay: for whatever is more than these cometh of evil.
- Webster's Bible

But let your language be, `Yes, yes,' or `No, no.' Anything in excess of this comes from the Evil one.
- Weymouth Bible

But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.
- World English Bible

but be youre word, Yhe, yhe; Nay, nay; and that that is more than these, is of yuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

but let your word be, Yes, Yes, No, No, and that which is more than these is of the evil.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:37


5:37 Let your conversation be yea, yea; nay, nay - That is, in your common discourse, barely affirm or deny.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:37


Mt 5:37 Let your communication be, Yea, yea. All foolish appeals are forbidden. A simple statement is all Christ permits. Whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Indeed, it makes one doubt the truth of him who was to confirm every assertion by oath.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Bud
    To A. Moses in some bibles ( like mine ) when ever JESUS is speaking it is always in red letters, per say the red letter bible.
  • Alexander Moses
    Why are verses 3 - 48 in red font.
  • 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

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