James 5:12

“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But aboue all things, my brethren, sweare not, neither by heauen, neither by the earth, neither by any other othe: but let your yea, be yea, and your nay, nay: lest yee fall into condemnation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; that ye fall not under judgment.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But most of all, my brothers, do not take oaths, not by the heaven, or by the earth, or by any other thing: but let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No: so that you may not be judged.
- Basic English Bible

But before all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay, that ye do not fall under judgment.
- Darby Bible

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea, be yea: and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
- Webster's Bible

But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, either by Heaven or by the earth, or with any other oath. Let your `yes' be simply `yes,' and your `no' be simply `no;' that you may not come under condemnation.
- Weymouth Bible

But above all things, my brothers, don't swear, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath; but let your "yes" be "yes," and your "no," "no;" so that you don't fall into hypocrisy.
- World English Bible

Bifor alle thingis, my britheren, nyle ye swere, nether bi heuene, nether bi erthe, nethir bi what euere other ooth. But be youre word Yhe, yhe, Nay, nay, that ye fallen not vndir doom.
- Wycliffe Bible

And before all things, my brethren, do not swear, neither by the heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath, and let your Yes be Yes, and the No, No; that under judgment ye may not fall.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 5:12


5:12 Swear not - However provoked. The Jews were notoriously guilty of common swearing, though not so much by God himself as by some of his creatures. The apostle here particularly forbids these oaths, as well as all swearing in common conversation. It is very observable, how solemnly the apostle introduces this command: above all things, swear not - As if he had said, Whatever you forget, do not forget this. This abundantly demonstrates the horrible iniquity of the crime. But he does not forbid the taking a solemn oath before a magistrate. Let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay - Use no higher asseverations in common discourse; and let your word stand firm. Whatever ye say, take care to make it good.


People's Bible Notes for James 5:12


Jas 5:12 Above all things, my brethren, swear not. This verse is an appropriation of the words of Christ (Mt 5:33-37). See notes there. Swearing is a besetting sin of the East unto this day.

Discussion for James 5

  • Victoria Tatem
    I love reading the WORD each and everyday. Yes I'm a KJV 1611 reader The Epistle of James. Faith without works dead.
  • Ann
    Sean, I just said a prayer for you. Keep in the faith, may God bless you. Amen
  • Tamar
    James uses some ensamples for us to follow. Job through his suffering he prayed to God, and God brought him out of tribulations,Elias prayed that it might not rain God didn't send any rain. James also said the fervent prayers of the righteous avails much, we must pray without ceasing God shows pity for when we going through hard times and mercy bringing us out every situation the enemy gets us in.
  • A disciple
    Henrietta; Yes! The Lord Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth; and He has charged us in His name, to proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature; teaching all men everywhere to keep all His words, everything that He has commanded us; thus also warning the rich that they not foolishly trust in their good things in life, and miss the truth and the word of their salvation.
  • Henrietta
    I see 2 messages: one to the corrupted rich and one to the brethren. The rich will be judged for their fraudulent activities. The brethren are warned to stay pure in heart/ no grudges and to have patience. They are also encouraged to pray earnestly and to pray for the sick to be healed.
    Sin and sickness are linked, but both can be remedied by the blood through prayer.
  • BSP
    Verse 13 encourages us to express our feelings. When going through troubles we should pray and when rejoicing we should sing out joyfully.

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