Matthew 5:36
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New International Version
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.

New Living Translation
Do not even say, 'By my head!' for you can't turn one hair white or black.

English Standard Version
And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

New American Standard Bible
"Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

King James Bible
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

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

International Standard Version
Nor should you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.

NET Bible
Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make in it a certain hair black or white.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And don't swear an oath by your head. After all, you cannot make one hair black or white.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one hair white or black.

American King James Version
Neither shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one hair white or black.

American Standard Version
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

English Revised Version
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Weymouth New Testament
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

World English Bible
Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.

Young's Literal Translation
nor by thy head mayest thou swear, because thou art not able one hair to make white or black;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 36. - For thou canst not, etc. As each of the other objects included a reference to God, so does also thy head. For even that recalls to mind the power of God, since every hair of it bears the stamp of his handiwork.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head,.... This also was a common form of swearing among the Jews: take a few instances.

"If anyone is bound to his friend by an oath, and says to him, vow unto me , "by the life of thy head"; R. Meir says (u), he may retract it; but the wise men say, he cannot.''

Again (w), a certain Rabbi said to Elijah,

"I heard "Bath Kol" (or the voice from heaven) mourning like a dove, and saying, woe to my children; for, because of their sins, I have destroyed my house, and have burnt my temple, and have carried them captive among the nations: and he (Elijah) said unto him , "by thy life, and by the life of thy head", not this time only it says so, but it says so three times every day.''

Once more (x), says R. Simeon ben Antipatras, to R. Joshua,

"I have heard from the mouth of the wise men, that he that vows in the law, and transgresses, is to be beaten with forty stripes: he replies, blessed art thou of God, that thou hast so done, , "by thy life, and by the life of thy head", he that is used to do so is to be beaten.''

This form of swearing is condemned, for this reason,

because thou canst not make one hair white or black: which shows, that a man's head, nor, indeed, one hair of his head, is in his own power, and therefore he ought not to swear by it; as he ought not to swear by heaven, or earth, or Jerusalem, because these were in the possession of God. Some copies read, "canst not make one white hair black".

(u) Misn. Sanhedrim, c. 3. sect 2.((w) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 3. 1. (x) Derech. Eretz, c. 6. fol. 18. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

36. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black—In the other oaths specified, God's name was profaned quite as really as if His name had been uttered, because it was instantly suggested by the mention of His "throne," His "footstool," His "city." But in swearing by our own head and the like, the objection lies in their being "beyond our control," and therefore profanely assumed to have a stability which they have not.

Matthew 5:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
Vows
35or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. 36"Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37"But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes ' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.
Cross References
Matthew 5:35
or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.

Matthew 5:37
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one hair white or black.

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Matthew 23:16-21 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

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Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?

Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

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