Matthew 5:36

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither shalt thou sweare by thy head, because thou canst not make one haire white or blacke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You may not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.
- Basic English Bible

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
- Darby Bible

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
- Webster's Bible

And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
- Weymouth Bible

Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.
- World English Bible

for thou maist not make oon heere white, ne blacke;
- Wycliffe Bible

nor by thy head mayest thou swear, because thou art not able one hair to make white or black;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:36


5:36 For thou canst not make one hair white or black - Whereby it appears, that this also is not thine but God's.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:36


Mt 5:36 By thy head. Senseless, since the oath could have no meaning. Dr. Thompson ("The Land and the Book") says the Orientals are still terribly profane, swearing continually by the head, the beard, the heart, the temple, the church.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Alex
    God is no respector of persons he loves everybody thats y he sends his sun/son and rain/spirit on the good and the bad the just and unjust. His love and mercy is beyond OUR COMPREHENSION. IF I BELIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL ALL MEN UNTO ME, There was none righteous no not one but while we the world was yet sinners he died for all of us,that he might rise again in the hearts of EVERYMAN VIA HIS SEED.
  • A disciple
    "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your REWARD in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." The word in the original Greek Text indicates Payment, as in Wages or Hire for some work done. Our salvation depends on our finishing the course as overcomers, and enduring true and faithful to the end. Then truly by our fruits we shall be known, of what kind we are!
  • Servant
    If we can take anything from Matt. . Let it be that Christ is trying to teach us about the Royal Law of love .
  • Amelliea
    The lord said let there be light and there was light..... In the beginning god created the heaven and the earth.. For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believed in him should not perish but have a everlasting life....
  • A disciple
    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Some of the Blessed character traits in the Beatitudes are not just "nice suggestions" but absolutely essential character traits which must be present and working in us if we hope to receive those Blessings promised. THAT is the WORK which we MUST DO that will be the LIGHT shining!
  • Alex
    Sin is the trangression of the law and Jesus says he came not to do away with the law but to fulfill the law but by his death we will all get a seed an incorruptible seed resulting in a birth of Christ in us and them that are born of God cannot sin thus our new innerman cannot sin simply b/c he is born of GOD, Thats how he will destroy mans propsensity to sin thus fulfilling the law

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