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

  • 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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