Matthew 23:21

And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And who so shall sweare by the Temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And whoever swears by the temple, swears {both} by the temple and by Him who dwells within it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he that sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he who takes an oath by the Temple, takes it by the Temple and by him whose house it is.
- Basic English Bible

And he that swears by the temple swears by it and by him that dwells in it.
- Darby Bible

And whoever shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth in it.
- Webster's Bible

he who swears by the Sanctuary swears both by it and by Him who dwells in it;
- Weymouth Bible

He who swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who was living in it.
- World English Bible

And he that swerith in the temple, swerith in it, and in hym that dwellith in the temple.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he who did swear by the sanctuary, doth swear by it, and by Him who is dwelling in it;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:21


Mt 23:21,22 Swear by the temple. Oaths that did they not call binding, Jesus traces to God himself. Compare Mt 5:35. The meaning is that all oaths are by God. There are no distinctions.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • A disciple
    From the day that the Lord Jesus came into this world, the devil's seed was after Him to destroy Him; and throughout His Ministry He was pursued by hateful and hostile hypocrites, who were deaf as an adder, and would never humble themselves to receive His good and wholesome teaching. In the last few days Jesus has come right to Jerusalem to speak to their face, and it cost Him His life. We follow!
  • Irene123
    Rev. Kerns; I like what you said; Ps. 68:11; "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Lord shall raise up a standard against him." Isa. 69:19
  • Reverend Robert L. Kerns
    There is only One Father and He is the Heavenly Father and the Creator of Heaven and earth and the fullness thereof. The Bible tells us in the book of Timothy to " Study to shew ourselves approved of God. Rightfully dividing the Word of Truth ". Reminder, The Word of God is to be discussed not argued over. It doesn't matter how we may think or feel, God's Word will always stand.
  • Rennagade
    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. That means no man period!!!!!
  • Irene123
    v. 9 - Jesus here is speaking of pastors, preachers, ministers of Christ, of which some are referred to as - 'father'. He's NOT referring to our earthly fathers who sired us. Isa. 1:18, "Come now, let us REASON together, ..... "; The Lord Jesus isn't unreasonable; He's appealing to our common sense.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The Pharisees had some tongue lashing from Jesus in this chapter. Much deserved. The generations of vipers Christ referred to abound till today and growing by the numbers. As Christ predicted, the love of many shall wax cold. We are in the end times indeed.

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