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Question 101: But may we not swear by the Name of God in a godly manner?

Answer: Yes; when the magistrate demands it of his subjects, or when otherwise necessity requires us thus to confirm fidelity and truth, for the glory of God and the welfare of our neighbor; for such swearing is grounded on God's Word1, and therefore was rightly used by the saints in the Old and the New Testament2.

11Deut. 6:13 "Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve Him, and shalt swear by His name."

Deut. 10:20, Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

Isa. 48:1, Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, [but] not in truth, nor in righteousness

Heb. 6:16 "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife."

2Gen. 21:24 "And Abraham said, I will swear."

Gen. 31:53, The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

Jos. 9:15, "And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them";

1 Sam. 24:22, And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

2 Sam. 3:35, And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.

1 Ki. 1:29, And the king sware, and said, [As] the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,

Rom. 1:9 "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers."

Rom. 9:1, I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

2 Cor. 1:23 "Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth."

Question 102: May we also swear by saints or any other creatures?

Answer: No; for a lawful oath is calling upon God, as the only Searcher of hearts, to bear witness to the truth, and to punish me if I swear falsely1; which honor is due to no creature2.

12 Cor. 1:23 "Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth."

Rom. 1:9 "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers."

2Matt. 5:34,-36"But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: nor by the earth; for it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. "

Jas. 5:12, 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.

 
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