How Do We Interpret Tough Texts in Exodus?

By considering the historical context of Exodus 21-22, we can understand that God is showing how much He loves and values people, and we should seek to do the same.

Topic: Tough Texts Scripture: Exodus 21-22

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  • Matthew 5:33-37
  • James 5:12

Matthew and James explicitly forbid the swearing of oaths, and these passages in particular raise a host of interpretive questions:

  • Are these prohibitions intended to be interpreted absolutely and universally?
  • Are contracts, commitments and covenants in which a party is formally bound to fulfill an obligation universally forbidden?
  • Are all formal agreements beyond a simple verbal “yes” or “no” prohibited?

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