let your Yes Be Yes, and Your No, No




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But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

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Matthew 5:37 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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But δὲ But, and, etc But
let ἔστω Be thou; also ἔστωσαν, third person of the same; let them be let
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
communication λόγος Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) communication
be, ἔστω Be thou; also ἔστωσαν, third person of the same; let them be be
Yea, ναὶ Yes Yea
yea; ναί Yes yea
Nay, οὒ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not Nay
nay: οὔ· The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not nay
for δὲ But, and, etc for
whatsoever is more than περισσὸν Superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by implication, excessive; adverbially (with G1537) violently; neuter (as noun) preeminence whatsoever more than
these τούτων Of (from or concerning) these (persons or things) these
cometh ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are cometh
of ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) of
evil. πονηροῦ Hurtful, i.e., evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e., diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e., derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners evil

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  • 35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

  • 36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

  • 37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

  • 38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

  • 39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.


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