Mat 5:33-37. v. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

Imperative: Mat 5:37  Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; 
Context: 

Mat 05:33  “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’

Mat 5:34  But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

Mat 5:35  or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

First, by GOD, 2nd by you … You are not in control of either such that it would allow you to swear.

Mat 5:37  Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
  

GREEK VERBS:   
V-PMA-2P = Verb – Tense: Present/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Plural
37
1510 [e]
37   estō
37   ἔστω
37   let it be
37   V-PMA-3S
1161 [e]
de
δὲ
however
Conj
3588 [e]
ho

the
Art-NMS
3056 [e]
logos
λόγος
statement
N-NMS
4771 [e]
hymōn
ὑμῶν  ,
of you
PPro-G2P
3483 [e]
nai
ναὶ  ,
Yes
Prtcl
V-AMA-2S = Verb – Tense: Aorist/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Singular
 
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Exegesis: There are several statements that seem like commands, but they are not greek imperatives.
S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
RESOURCES

What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

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03-11-18
Let it Be Simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’! Matthew 5:33-37
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