12 [a]But before all things, my brethren, (A)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.

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  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.

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