Matthew 23:22
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New International Version
And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.

New Living Translation
And when you swear 'by heaven,' you are swearing by the throne of God and by God, who sits on the throne.

English Standard Version
And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

Berean Study Bible
And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the One who sits on it.

Berean Literal Bible
And the one having sworn by heaven swears by the throne of God and by the One sitting upon it.

New American Standard Bible
"And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

King James Bible
And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God's throne and by Him who sits on it.

International Standard Version
And the one who swears an oath by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.

NET Bible
And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and the one who sits on it.

New Heart English Bible
He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits on it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whoever swears by Heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And to swear an oath by heaven is to swear by God's throne and the one who sits on it.

New American Standard 1977
“And he who swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he that shall swear by the heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him that sits thereon.

King James 2000 Bible
And he that shall swear by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits thereon.

American King James Version
And he that shall swear by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon.

American Standard Version
And he that sweareth by the heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

Darby Bible Translation
And he that swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him that sits upon it.

English Revised Version
And he that sweareth by the heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth upon it.

Weymouth New Testament
and he who swears by Heaven swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

World English Bible
He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits on it.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who did swear by the heaven, doth swear by the throne of God, and by Him who is sitting upon it.
Study Bible
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
21And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the One who dwells in it. 22And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the One who sits on it. 23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint, dill, and cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:1
Thus says the LORD, "Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?

Matthew 5:34
But I tell you not to swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
Treasury of Scripture

And he that shall swear by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon.

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Matthew 5:34 But I say to you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:

Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his …

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my …

Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will you …

Revelation 4:2,3 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set …

Verse 22. - By heaven. The Talmndists affirm that an oath "by heaven" or "by earth" was not binding, on the ground, probably, that these were mere creatures. Christ again dissipates such sophistries. To swear by the creature is virtually to swear by the Creator. A brute, inanimate thing cannot be witness to an oath; he alone can be appealed to who owns all. Thus we "kiss the book," calling God to witness our words. Christ had already given a lesson to his followers on this subject in the sermon on the mount (ch. Matthew 5:34-37). He inculcates true reverence, that fear and awe of God's dignity and God's presence which constrains a man to avoid all profaneness and carelessness in regard to things that are concerned with God. And he that shall swear by heaven,.... As the Jews were wont to do in common, but did not look upon such an oath as obligatory on them; See Gill on Matthew 5:34, though such an one

sweareth by the throne of God; for heaven is God's throne, where he sits, and, in an eminent manner, displays the glory of his majesty:

and by him that sitteth thereon, by God himself. Thus swearing by anything that has any relation to God, is implicitly swearing by him; and therefore ought to be considered as binding, as if he was expressed in it; since an appeal cannot be made to things inanimate, nor indeed to any creature, but to God, the searcher of hearts. 23:13-33 The scribes and Pharisees were enemies to the gospel of Christ, and therefore to the salvation of the souls of men. It is bad to keep away from Christ ourselves, but worse also to keep others from him. Yet it is no new thing for the show and form of godliness to be made a cloak to the greatest enormities. But dissembled piety will be reckoned double iniquity. They were very busy to turn souls to be of their party. Not for the glory of God and the good of souls, but that they might have the credit and advantage of making converts. Gain being their godliness, by a thousand devices they made religion give way to their worldly interests. They were very strict and precise in smaller matters of the law, but careless and loose in weightier matters. It is not the scrupling a little sin that Christ here reproves; if it be a sin, though but a gnat, it must be strained out; but the doing that, and then swallowing a camel, or, committing a greater sin. While they would seem to be godly, they were neither sober nor righteous. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here we must begin with ourselves. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show. The deceitfulness of sinners' hearts appears in that they go down the streams of the sins of their own day, while they fancy that they should have opposed the sins of former days. We sometimes think, if we had lived when Christ was upon earth, that we should not have despised and rejected him, as men then did; yet Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is still no better treated. And it is just with God to give those up to their hearts' lusts, who obstinately persist in gratifying them. Christ gives men their true characters.
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