When are we permitted and even required to swear?

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All swearing or taking an oath in God’s name is not forbidden. An oath is proper, permitted and commanded when it is required to confirm the truth in important matters. In such an instance it is for the glory of God and the welfare of our neighbor. When we swear by God’s name we call upon God to witness the truth of what we say.

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

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

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

Eccl. 8:2: I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

Assignment: Read Gen. 14:22,23 and 24:2-9: Abraham, the father of faith, took an oath and demanded an oath from his servant; Matt. 26:63,64: Jesus agreed to an oath. Cite some examples of proper oaths in our day and age.