Matthew 5:36
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.

Berean Study Bible
Nor should you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.

Berean Literal Bible
Neither shall you swear by your head, because you are not able to 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.

Contemporary English Version
Don't swear by your own head. You cannot make one hair white or black.

Good News Translation
Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single 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.

New Heart English Bible
Neither should you swear by your head, for you cannot 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.

New American Standard 1977
“Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

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;
Study Bible
Oaths and Vows
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. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ Anything more comes from the evil one.…
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
Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' Anything more 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.

shalt.

Matthew 23:16-21
Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! …

because.

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

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







Lexicon
Nor
μήτε (mēte)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3383: Nor, neither, not even, neither´┐Żnor. From me and te; not too, i.e. neither or nor; also, not even.

should you swear
ὀμόσῃς (omosēs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3660: A prolonged form of a primary, but obsolete omo, for which another prolonged form omoo is used in certain tenses; to swear, i.e. Take oath.

by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

head,
κεφαλῇ (kephalē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

for
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

you cannot
δύνασαι (dynasai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

make
ποιῆσαι (poiēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

a single
μίαν (mian)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

hair
τρίχα (tricha)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2359: Hair (of the head or of animals). Genitive case trichos, etc. of uncertain derivation; hair.

white
λευκὴν (leukēn)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3022: White, bright, brilliant. From luke; white.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

black.
μέλαιναν (melainan)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3189: Black. Apparently a primary word; black.
(36) By thy head.--This is apparently chosen as an extreme instance of a common oath in which men found no reference to God. Yet here, too, nothing but an implied reference to Him fits it to be an oath at all. He made us, and not we ourselves, and the hairs of our head are not only numbered, but are subject in all their changes to His laws, and not to our volition.

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. 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.
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