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Hebrews 6:16

    Hebrews 6:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For men at all times make their oaths by what is greater; and any argument is ended by the decision of the oath.

    Webster's Revision

    For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.

    World English Bible

    For men indeed swear by a greater one, and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.

    Definitions for Hebrews 6:16

    Verily - Truly; surely.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 6:16

    Men verily swear by the greater - One who has greater authority; who can take cognizance of the obligation, and punish the breach of it.

    An oath for confirmation - "This observation teaches us," says Dr. Macknight, "that both promissory oaths concerning things lawful and in our power, and oaths for the confirmation of things doubtful, when required by proper authority, and taken religiously, are allowable under the Gospel."

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 6:16

    For men verily swear by the greater - That is, they appeal to God. They never swear by one who is inferior to themselves. The object of the apostle in this declaration is to show that as far as this could be done it had been by God. He could not indeed swear by one greater than himself, but he could make his promise as certain as an oath taken by people was when they solemnly appealed to him. He could appeal to his own existence and veracity, which was at any time the most solemn form of an oath, and thus put the mind to rest in regard to the hope of heaven.

    And an oath for confirmation - An oath taken to confirm or establish anything.

    Is to them an end of all strife - That is, when two parties are at variance, or have a cause at issue, an oath binds them to adhere to the terms of agreement concluded on, or contracting parties bind themselves by a solemn oath to adhere to the conditions of an agreement, and this puts an end to all strife. They rest satisfied when a solemn oath has been taken, and they feel assured that the agreement will be complied with. Or it may refer to cases where a man was accused of wrong before a court, and where he took a solemn oath that the thing had not been done, and his oath was admitted to be sufficient to put an end to the controversy. The general meaning is clear, that in disputes between man and man, an appeal was made to an oath, and that was allowed to settle it. The connection here is, that as far as the case would admit of, the same thing was done by God. His oath by himself made his promise firm.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 6:16

    6:16 Men generally swear by him who is infinitely greater than themselves, and an oath for confirmation, to confirm what is promised or asserted, usually puts an end to all contradiction. This shows that an oath taken in a religious manner is lawful even under the gospel: otherwise the apostle would never have mentioned it with so much honour, as a proper means to confirm the truth