Matthew 5:35
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New International Version
or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.

New Living Translation
And do not say, 'By the earth!' because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, 'By Jerusalem!' for Jerusalem is the city of the great King.

English Standard Version
or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Berean Study Bible
or by the earth, for it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Berean Literal Bible
nor by the earth, because it is the footstool of His feet; nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.

New American Standard Bible
or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.

King James Bible
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

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

International Standard Version
nor by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the Great King.

NET Bible
not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither by the earth, for it is his stool for his feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
or by the earth, which is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, which is the city of the great King.

New American Standard 1977
or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.

Jubilee Bible 2000
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool, neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

King James 2000 Bible
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

American King James Version
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

American Standard Version
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king:

Darby Bible Translation
nor by the earth, because it is [the] footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, because it is [the] city of the great King.

English Revised Version
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King,

Weymouth New Testament
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool under His feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the City of the Great King.

World English Bible
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Young's Literal Translation
nor by the earth, because it is His footstool, nor by Jerusalem, because it is a city of a great king,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:33-37 There is no reason to consider that solemn oaths in a court of justice, or on other proper occasions, are wrong, provided they are taken with due reverence. But all oaths taken without necessity, or in common conversation, must be sinful, as well as all those expressions which are appeals to God, though persons think thereby to evade the guilt of swearing. The worse men are, the less they are bound by oaths; the better they are, the less there is need for them. Our Lord does not enjoin the precise terms wherein we are to affirm or deny, but such a constant regard to truth as would render oaths unnecessary.
Study Bible
Oaths and Vows
34But I tell you not to swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36Nor should you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.…
Cross References
Psalm 48:2
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.

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 5:36
Nor should you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.

Acts 7:49
Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what will be My place of repose?
Treasury of Scripture

Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

the earth.

Psalm 99:5 Exalt you the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

the city.

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have …

Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, …

Psalm 87:2 The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Malachi 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, …

Revelation 21:2,10 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God …

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