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

  • 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.
  • Roddy Williams
    I must say I thank god for the affliction that may come my way. My afflictions makes my walk with the Lord much stronger. The lord never said this walk would be easy. If they persecuted Jesus what makes us any different?
  • Lu2677
    C-Dub, You make a very broad statement by saying "we" forget about what Jesus says. And "we"go straight to what Paul teaches. How do you know that "we" do this?
    Furthermore, Paul was saved, he preached the cross, he lived and died for Jesus, he encourages all in the faith in his letters that scripture gives us, and pointed out their errors. Paul gives us wholesome words.

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