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57 Bible Verses about Swearing

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James 5:12

Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.

Matthew 5:36

Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.

Leviticus 5:1

“When someone sins in any of these ways:If he has seen, heard, or known about something he has witnessed, and did not respond to a public call to testify, he is responsible for his sin.

Genesis 24:3

and I will have you swear by the Lord, God of heaven and God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live,

Numbers 5:21

at this point the priest must make the woman take the oath with the sworn curse, and he is to say to her—‘May the Lord make you into an object of your people’s cursing and swearing when He makes your thigh shrivel and your belly swell.

Matthew 23:18

Also, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’

Hebrews 6:13

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:

James 3:10

Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.

Jeremiah 23:10

For the land is full of adulterers;
the land mourns because of the curse,
and the grazing lands in the wilderness have dried up.
Their way of life has become evil,
and their power is not rightly used

Genesis 22:16

and said, “By Myself I have sworn,” this is the Lord’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son,

Job 3:1

After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born.

Matthew 23:16

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.’

Matthew 5:35

or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.

Leviticus 5:4

Or if someone swears rashly to do what is good or evil—concerning anything a person may speak rashly in an oath—without being aware of it, but later recognizes it, he incurs guilt in such an instance.

Hebrews 6:16

For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute.

Psalm 109:17

He loved cursing—let it fall on him;
he took no delight in blessing—let it be far from him.

Isaiah 48:1

“Listen to this, house of Jacob—
those who are called by the name Israel
and have descended from Judah,
who swear by the name of Yahweh
and declare the God of Israel,
but not in truth or righteousness.

Deuteronomy 32:40

I raise My hand to heaven and declare:
As surely as I live forever,

Matthew 23:21

The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it.

Leviticus 6:3

or finds something lost and lies about it; or swears falsely about any of the sinful things a person may do—

Matthew 23:20

Therefore, the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it.

Nehemiah 13:25

I rebuked them, cursed them, beat some of their men, and pulled out their hair. I forced them to take an oath before God and said: “You must not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters as wives for your sons or yourselves!

Zechariah 5:3

Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going out over the whole land, for every thief will be removed according to what is written on one side, and everyone who swears falsely will be removed according to what is written on the other side.

Psalm 15:4

who despises the one rejected by the Lord
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his word whatever the cost,

Psalm 59:12

For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
They utter curses and lies.

Ecclesiastes 7:21

Don’t pay attention to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you,

Zechariah 5:4

I will send it out,”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts—“and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It will stay inside his house and destroy it along with its timbers and stones.”

Jeremiah 12:16

If they will diligently learn the ways of My people—to swear by My name, ‘As Yahweh lives,’ just as they taught My people to swear by Baal—they will be built up among My people.

Numbers 30:2

When a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.

Psalm 109:18

He wore cursing like his coat—
let it enter his body like water
and go into his bones like oil.

Isaiah 45:23

By Myself I have sworn;
Truth has gone from My mouth,
a word that will not be revoked:
Every knee will bow to Me,
every tongue will swear allegiance.

Mark 14:71

Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about!”

Isaiah 65:16

Whoever is blessed in the land
will be blessed by the God of truth,
and whoever swears in the land
will swear by the God of truth.
For the former troubles will be forgotten
and hidden from My sight.

Matthew 23:22

And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne and by Him who sits on it.

Joshua 2:12

Now please swear to me by the Lord that you will also show kindness to my family, because I showed kindness to you. Give me a sure sign

Amos 8:14

Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria
and say, “As your god lives, Dan,”
or “As the way of Beer-sheba lives”—
they will fall, never to rise again.

Jeremiah 4:2

then you can swear, “As the Lord lives,”
in truth, in justice, and in righteousness,
then the nations will be blessed by Him
and will pride themselves in Him.

Ezekiel 36:7

Therefore this is what the Lord God says: I swear that the nations all around you will endure their own insults.

Deuteronomy 10:20

You are to fear Yahweh your God and worship Him. Remain faithful to Him and take oaths in His name.

Hosea 4:2

Cursing, lying, murder, stealing,
and adultery are rampant;
one act of bloodshed follows another.

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under a curse: neither to eat nor to drink until they had killed Paul.

Genesis 21:23

Swear to me by God here and now, that you will not break an agreement with me or with my children and descendants. As I have been loyal to you, so you will be loyal to me and to the country where you are a foreign resident.”

Jeremiah 16:14

“However, take note! The days are coming”—the Lord’s declaration—“when it will no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought the Israelites from the land of Egypt,’

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Swearing » FALSE » Profane, forbidden

James 5:12

Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.

Topics on Swearing

God Swearing Blessings

2;32;13

Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel—You swore to them by Your very self and declared, ‘I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and will give your offspring all this land that I have promised, and they will inherit it forever.’”

God Swearing Harm

2;17;16

He said, “Indeed, my hand is lifted up toward the Lord’s throne. The Lord will be at war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

Not Swearing Oaths

40;5;34

But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne;

Swearing Being Forbidden

2;20;7

Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name.

Swearing By

58;6;16

For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute.

Swearing Oaths

59;5;12

Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.

Swearing Oaths Falsely

28;10;4

They speak mere words,
taking false oaths while making covenants.
So lawsuits break out
like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

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