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James 5:12 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

12 Before all things, my brethren, do not ye swear, neither by heaven, neither by earth, neither by whatever other oath. But be your word Yea, yea, Nay, nay, that ye fall not under doom.

James 5:12 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

12 [a]But before all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor by earth, nor by any other oath: but let [b]your yea, be yea, and your nay, nay, lest ye fall into condemnation.


  1. James 5:12 Because even the best men sometimes through impatience break out into oaths sometimes lesser, sometimes greater, the Apostle warneth us to detest such wickedness, and to accustom our tongues to simple and true talk.
  2. James 5:12 That that you have to say or affirm, speak or affirm it simply, and without an oath: and that that you will deny, deny it simply and flatly.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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James 5:12 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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James 5:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

New International Version (NIV)

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