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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Greek - bind with an oath
Greek - make an oath
Greek - oath, oaths
Greek - oath
Hebrew - oath, exchanged oaths, made an oath, promised on oath, promised them by oath, put the under oath, put them under oath, take an oath, take oath, take the oath, took an oath, took the oath, under oath
Hebrew - oath, oaths
Hebrew - oaths, put the under oath, takes an oath, under oath
Hebrew - oath
Hebrew - oath
Oath

A solemn appeal to God, permitted on fitting occasions (Deuteronomy 6:13; Jeremiah 4:2), in various forms (Genesis 16:5; 2Sam 12:5; Ruth 1:17; Hosea 4:15; Romans 1:9), and taken in different ways (Genesis 14:22; 24:2; 2Chr 6:22). God is represented as taking an oath (Hebrews 6:16-18), so also Christ (Matthew 26:64), and Paul (Romans 9:1; Galatians 1:20; Phil 1:8). The precept, "Swear not at all," refers probably to ordinary conversation between man and man (Matthew 5:34,37). But if the words are taken as referring to oaths, then their intention may have been to show "that the proper state of Christians is to require no oaths; that when evil is expelled from among them every yea and nay will be as decisive as an oath, every promise as binding as a vow."


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Oath'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/ebd/view.cgi?number=T2759>. 1897.

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