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

  • Nicholas worrell NACM
    John 19:28 "i thirst"
  • Irene123
    It's interesting that in this whole chapter - Jesus was teaching only His disciples, and not the multitudes as He usually was in a monologue this long.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 18:24 - song, "Just to walk with Him" - "My steps had led me far away, Sometimes I wondered why, They had taken me down lonely roads, Beneath the darkened sky, But every time I lost my way, He sought me out, He took my hand and said He'd walk with me." Throughout the scriptures, God demonstrates His willingness to compensate for our lack; Ps. 23.
  • Irene123
    Jn. 16:33; Matt. 5:45; Acts 7:59; 16:23; These refer to tribulation (trials) in this life. There will be 'some' saints in Rev.13:7 who will go thru the GREAT tribulation; I haven't r'cvd. clarification on that yet. I KNOW tho' that I will not be one of them because they become saints DURING the GREAT tribulation; how? I don't know; I just take it by faith. A saint NOW will be raptured.
  • Bruce
    The darkness of this world is getting darker! You can feel the darkness, in the news and the towns and cities, in the neighborhood and the Churches are turning dark. We,who are cleansed by The Blood (Revelation1:5) are "THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD". (V:14) If they don't see The Light in us!??? WE: THE LIGHT OF THE World are the only LIGHT they will see. Stay trimmed, keep full of oil. Preach the gospel
  • MISSIONERY PASTOR TIMOTHY MUSAU
    THIS ARE THE GOOD WORKS OF CHARITY, DO YOU REMEMBER THE GOOD SAMARITAN?, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNTAIN SAYS BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFULL who delights in doing good to those in need , PEOPLE SHOULD SEE IT AND PRAISE GOD.

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