Hebrews 6:16

“For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For men verily sweare by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For men swear by one greater {than themselves,} and with them an oath {given} as confirmation is an end of every dispute.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For men at all times make their oaths by what is greater; and any argument is ended by the decision of the oath.
- Basic English Bible

For men indeed swear by a greater, and with them the oath is a term to all dispute, as making matters sure.
- Darby Bible

For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all contradiction.
- Webster's Bible

For men swear by what is greater than themselves; and with them an oath in confirmation of a statement always puts an end to a dispute.
- Weymouth Bible

For men indeed swear by a greater one, and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.
- World English Bible

For men sweren bi a grettere than hem silf, and the ende of al her ple is an ooth to confirmacioun.
- Wycliffe Bible

for men indeed do swear by the greater, and an end of all controversy to them for confirmation [is] the oath,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 6:16


6:16 Men generally swear by him who is infinitely greater than themselves, and an oath for confirmation, to confirm what is promised or asserted, usually puts an end to all contradiction. This shows that an oath taken in a religious manner is lawful even under the gospel: otherwise the apostle would never have mentioned it with so much honour, as a proper means to confirm the truth


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 6:16


Heb 6:16 For men verily swear by the greater. When men make a solemn oath in order to settle a fact or covenant beyond controversy they usually swear in the name of God. God, however, could swear by no one greater than himself (Heb 6:13).

Discussion for Hebrews 6:16

  • Jesus saves FOREVER. for verse 16
    End of your STRIFE is what I see here. A confirmation by OATH! Stagger not and have Faith in the LORDS ability to save. The Law justifies or heals no one. Hebrews 7 28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
  • Kola Ibilaiye FL. USA for verse 16
    As a boy growing up in Warri, we used swearing in the name of God as a means of judging if someone was being honest, especially an accused person. We were brought up in a society that believes that the name of the Lord must not be called in vain, or else havoc or something tragic might happen. In general, the rule is we do not swear by a lower power or deity, or our comparable equal because there is no guarantee that such lower or equal power can compel us to keep or honor our promise oath. God made promises for his children, and he really wanted us to believe and trust him. He had to swear too so that we could take him serious. But the problem was there was no one or deity greater than God by whom he could swear by, so God had to swear by His own name. God had to swear by HIMSELF, staking His WORD and his personality, two immutable things by which God can not lie. His word is settled and Malachi 3 6 tells us that God does not change.
  • HARRY ALLISON for verse 16
    as a kid growing up,situations arose where a friend might be lying to me ,but not sure.we would say,"HONEST TO GOD" to each other and out of a fear of GOD,would have to fess up.sound familiar?this helps me in this verse.pray im not wrong.

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