But above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath…
That the condemnation does not extend to the solemn judicial use of oaths we see in the facts —
1. That our Lord answered when questioned as on oath by Caiaphas (Matthew 26:63, 64); and —
2. That St. Paul at times used modes of expression which are essentially of the nature of an oath (2 Corinthians 1:23; Romans 1:9; Galatians 1:20; Philippians 1:8).
Parallel VersesKJV: But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
WEB: But above all things, my brothers, don't swear, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath; but let your "yes" be "yes," and your "no," "no;" so that you don't fall into hypocrisy.