|New International Version (© 2011)|
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,
King James Bible
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
American Standard Version
For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself,
Young's Literal Translation
For to Abraham God, having made promise, seeing He was able to swear by no greater, did swear by Himself,
Hebrews 6:13 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When God made promise to Abraham - The promise referred to is that made to Abraham when he had offered his son Isaac on the altar, Genesis 22:16-18 : "By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord; for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thy only son; that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." Of this promise the apostle only quotes a part, as is generally the case, because he knew that his readers were well acquainted with the Scriptures of the Old Testament, and particularly with the law.
He sware by himself - He pledged his eternal power and Godhead for the fulfillment of the promise; there was no being superior to himself to whom he could make appeal, or by whom he could be bound, therefore he appeals to and pledges his immutable truth and Godhead.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Hebrews 6:16-18 For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife...
Genesis 22:15-18 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time...
Ezekiel 32:13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more...
Psalm 105:9,10 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac...
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That to me every knee shall bow...
Jeremiah 22:5 But if you will not hear these words, I swear by myself, said the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
Jeremiah 49:13 For I have sworn by myself, said the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse...
Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
Luke 1:73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
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Genesis 22:16 and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Exodus 32:13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.'"
Deuteronomy 1:8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers--to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob--and to their descendants after them."
Isaiah 45:23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Jeremiah 22:5 But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.'"
Jeremiah 44:26 But hear the word of the LORD, all you Jews living in Egypt: 'I swear by my great name,' says the LORD, 'that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, "As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives."
Luke 1:73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: