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Hebrews 6:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For God, having promised to Abraham, since he had no greater to swear by, swore by himself,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, when to Abraham God made promise, seeing he had no one greater by whom to swear, He sware, by himself,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For to Abraham God, having made promise, seeing He was able to swear by no greater, did swear by Himself,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For God making promises to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom he might swear, swore by himself,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For when God made promise to Abraham, because hee could sweare by no greater, he sware by himselfe,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For when to Abraham Aloha gave promise, because there was no one greater than himself to swear by, he sware by his own Self,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For when God made the promise to Abraham, because there was none greater than himself by whom he could swear, he swore by himself;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
when God 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
made promise 1861
{1861} Prime
ἐπαγγέλλω
epaggello
{ep-ang-el'-lo}
From G1909 and the base of G0032; to announce upon (reflexively), that is, (by implication) to engage to do something, to assert something respecting oneself.
z5666
<5666> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 88
to Abraham, 11
{0011} Prime
Ἀβραάμ
Abraam
{ab-rah-am'}
Of Hebrew origin [H0085]; Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch. In Acts 7:16 the text should probably read Jacob.
because 1893
{1893} Prime
ἐπεί
epei
{ep-i'}
From G1909 and G1487; there upon, that is, since (of time or cause).
he could 2192
{2192} Prime
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
z5707
<5707> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 855
swear 3660
{3660} Prime
ὀμνύω
omnuo
{om-noo'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary but obsolete word, ὄμω [[omo]], for which another prolonged form (ὀμόω [[omoo]], {om-o'-o}) is used in certain tenses. To swear, that is, take (or declare on) oath.
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
by 2596
{2596} Prime
κατά
kata
{kat-ah'}
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
no 3762
{3762} Prime
οὐδείς
oudeis
{oo-dice'}
From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.
greater, 3187
{3187} Prime
μείζων
meizon
{mide'-zone}
Irregular comparative of G3173; larger (literally or figuratively, specifically in age).
he sware 3660
{3660} Prime
ὀμνύω
omnuo
{om-noo'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary but obsolete word, ὄμω [[omo]], for which another prolonged form (ὀμόω [[omoo]], {om-o'-o}) is used in certain tenses. To swear, that is, take (or declare on) oath.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
by 2596
{2596} Prime
κατά
kata
{kat-ah'}
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
himself, 1438
{1438} Prime
ἑαυτοῦ
heautou
{heh-ow-too'}
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 6:13

_ _ For — confirming the reasonableness of resting on “the promises” as infallibly sure, resting as they do on God’s oath, by the instance of Abraham. “He now gives consolation, by the oath of God’s grace, to those whom, in the second, third, and fourth chapters, he had warned by the oath of God’s ‘wrath.’ The oath of wrath did not primarily extend its force beyond the wilderness; but the oath of grace is in force for ever” [Bengel].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 6:9-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 6:13

For — Ye have abundant encouragement, seeing no stronger promise could be made than that great promise which God made to Abraham, and in him to us.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 6:13

(7) For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

(7) Another encouragement, to push them onward because the hope of the inheritance is certain, if we continue to the end, for God has not only promised it, but also promised it with an oath.

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he sware:

Hebrews 6:16-18 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife. ... That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Genesis 22:15-18 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, ... And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Ezekiel 32:13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
Psalms 105:9-10 Which [covenant] he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; ... And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant:
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Jeremiah 22:5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
Jeremiah 49:13 For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.
Micah 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
Luke 1:73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
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Gn 22:15. Ps 105:9. Is 45:23. Jr 22:5; 49:13. Ezk 32:13. Mi 7:20. Lk 1:73. He 6:16.

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