Jeremiah 5:2
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New International Version
Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' still they are swearing falsely."

New Living Translation
But even when they are under oath, saying, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' they are still telling lies!"

English Standard Version
Though they say, “As the LORD lives,” yet they swear falsely.

New American Standard Bible
"And although they say, 'As the LORD lives,' Surely they swear falsely."

King James Bible
And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they say, "As the LORD lives," they are swearing falsely.

International Standard Version
Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' still they are swearing falsely."

NET Bible
These people make promises in the name of the LORD. But the fact is, what they swear to is really a lie."

New Heart English Bible
Though they say, 'As the LORD lives;' surely they swear falsely."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People say, "As the LORD lives...." Yet, they lie when they take this oath.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And though they say: 'As the LORD liveth', Surely they swear falsely.

New American Standard 1977
“And although they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’
            Surely they swear falsely.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if they should say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

King James 2000 Bible
And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

American King James Version
And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

American Standard Version
And though they say, As Jehovah liveth; surely they swear falsely.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And though they say: The Lord liveth; this also they will swear falsely.

Darby Bible Translation
And if they say, [As] Jehovah liveth! surely they swear falsely.

English Revised Version
And though they say, As the LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.

Webster's Bible Translation
And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.

World English Bible
Though they say, 'As Yahweh lives;' surely they swear falsely."

Young's Literal Translation
And if they say, 'Jehovah liveth,' Surely to a falsehood they swear.
Study Bible
No One is Just
1"Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her. 2"And although they say, 'As the LORD lives,' Surely they swear falsely." 3O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You have smitten them, But they did not weaken; You have consumed them, But they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to repent.…
Cross References
Titus 1:16
They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Isaiah 48:1
"Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are named Israel And who came forth from the loins of Judah, Who swear by the name of the LORD And invoke the God of Israel, But not in truth nor in righteousness.

Jeremiah 44:26
"Nevertheless hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are living in the land of Egypt, 'Behold, I have sworn by My great name,' says the LORD, 'never shall My name be invoked again by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "As the Lord GOD lives."

Hosea 4:15
Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Do not let Judah become guilty; Also do not go to Gilgal, Or go up to Beth-aven And take the oath: "As the LORD lives!"

Zephaniah 1:5
"And those who bow down on the housetops to the host of heaven, And those who bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by Milcom,

Zechariah 5:3
Then he said to me, "This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to the writing on the other side.

Malachi 3:5
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

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Jeremiah 4:2 And you shall swear, The LORD lives, in truth, in judgment, and in …

Jeremiah 7:9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and …

Leviticus 19:12 And you shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shall you profane …

Isaiah 48:1 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of …

Hosea 4:1,2,15 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus …

Zechariah 5:3,4 Then said he to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

1 Timothy 1:10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for …

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

(2) The Lord liveth.--The words imply that a distinction between the binding powers of different formul of adjuration, like that of the later scribes (Matthew 23:16), was already in some degree prevalent. The guilt of the men of Jerusalem was that they took the most solemn formula of all, "Jehovah liveth," and yet were guilty of perjury. In Jeremiah 5:7 we find traces of the practice of swearing by other gods, with which this "oath of Jehovah" is apparently contrasted.

Falsely.--Literally, upon falsehood.

Verse 2. - And though they say, The Lord liveth. Though they asseverate by the most solemn of all oaths (contrast Jeremiah 4:1, 2). Surely. So the Syriac. This rendering, however, involves an emendation of one letter in the text. The ordinary reading is literally therefore, but may etymologically be taken to mean "for all this," "nevertheless." And though they say, the Lord liveth,.... It might be said, that there were multitudes that made mention of the name of the Lord, that professed it, and swore by it; which sometimes is put for the worship and service of God, Deuteronomy 10:20 and therefore it could not be so difficult a matter to find a man of integrity and uprightness among them; this is answered by allowing there were persons that did do so: but then it must be observed,

that surely they swear falsely; they abused the name of God, and were guilty of perjury: or the sense is, they were only nominal professors, hypocritical worshippers; in words professed to know God, but in works denied him; had a form of religion and godliness, but without the power of it. 2. (Tit 1:16).

swear falsely—not a judicial oath; but their profession of the worship of Jehovah is insincere (Jer 5:7; Jer 4:2). The reformation under Josiah was merely superficial in the case of the majority.5:1-9 None could be found who behaved as upright and godly men. But the Lord saw the true character of the people through all their disguises. The poor were ignorant, and therefore they were wicked. What can be expected but works of darkness, from people that know nothing of God and religion? There are God's poor, who, notwithstanding poverty, know the way of the Lord, walk in it, and do their duty; but these were willingly ignorant, and their ignorance would not be their excuse. The rich were insolent and haughty, and the abuse of God's favours made their sin worse.
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