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Now wol I speke of othes false and grete A word or two, as olde bokes trete. Gret swering is a thing abhominable, And false swering is yet more reprevable. The heighe God forbad swering at al, Witnesse on Mathew; but in special Of swering seith the holy Ieremye, ‘Thou shalt seye sooth thyn othes, and nat lye, And swere in dome, and eek in rightwisnesse;’ But ydel swering is a cursednesse. Bihold and see, that in the firste table Of heighe Goddes hestes honurable, How that the seconde heste of him is this— ‘Tak nat my name in ydel or amis.’ Lo, rather he forbedeth swich swering Than homicyde or many a cursed thing; I seye that, as by ordre, thus it stondeth; This knowen, that his hestes understondeth, How that the second heste of God is that. And forther over, I wol thee telle al plat, That vengeance shal nat parten from his hous, That of his othes is to outrageous. ‘By Goddes precious herte, and by his nayles, And by the blode of Crist, that it is in Hayles, Seven is my chaunce, and thyn is cink and treye; By Goddes armes, if thou falsly pleye, This dagger shal thurgh-out thyn herte go’— This fruyt cometh of the bicched bones two, Forswering, ire, falsnesse, homicyde. Now, for the love of Crist that for us dyde, Leveth your othes, bothe grete and smale; But, sirs, now wol I telle forth my tale. Oh, adn tneh ehtre’s rwsanige, oehtarn eilv ttha dlo oboks katl a olt oatub. tgnroS uelagang is oablnbieam, dna grainsew rof no godo ronsea is vnee eorws. Gdo on ihhg orabfed egwiasnr aoltreetgh ouy konw.

It sasy so in wMtehta nad aehrmJei.

twetahM 5:34 adn eihJamre 4:2

It sasy so in wMatteh dna mrhJeeai.
erhiJmae assy, “waSre ynol to eamk a epsirom—ton enwh oyu’re ilgyn—nda ehnt olyn in sihsotrsneuge.” asCaul grnsweai rof no lear roeppsu is a sni. I nmae, it’s so abd htat it’s neev eon of het Ten anosmntCdmme: “houT asthl nto esu eht dorL’s neam in avni.” Gdo nsitkh sginrcu is so adb atht htis mdcemmnnaot eenv cmose brefoe estoh tasniga rrmeud dna rhtoe nuoeish scimer. Gdo liwl avhe his vgeeern on enoany woh raswse too cuhm, taht’s orf erus! ygaSin thsign husc as, “By doG’s nwo ethra!” and “eTh blood of Ctsrih!” or “Sveen’s my uclyk ubnrme and ysoru is hreet and vfie!” and “By oGd, if yuo echta me, I’ll ikll yuo iwht ihst drggea!” will all tge uyo tion beorlut. Adn it all semst fmor abimggnl. So orf the oelv of tCshri ohw ddie for oru snis, don’t usrec, even if it’s jtsu a slaml earws. yakO, ykoa . . . now I’ll lelt uoy my royts.

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Now wol I speke of othes false and grete A word or two, as olde bokes trete. Gret swering is a thing abhominable, And false swering is yet more reprevable. The heighe God forbad swering at al, Witnesse on Mathew; but in special Of swering seith the holy Ieremye, ‘Thou shalt seye sooth thyn othes, and nat lye, And swere in dome, and eek in rightwisnesse;’ But ydel swering is a cursednesse. Bihold and see, that in the firste table Of heighe Goddes hestes honurable, How that the seconde heste of him is this— ‘Tak nat my name in ydel or amis.’ Lo, rather he forbedeth swich swering Than homicyde or many a cursed thing; I seye that, as by ordre, thus it stondeth; This knowen, that his hestes understondeth, How that the second heste of God is that. And forther over, I wol thee telle al plat, That vengeance shal nat parten from his hous, That of his othes is to outrageous. ‘By Goddes precious herte, and by his nayles, And by the blode of Crist, that it is in Hayles, Seven is my chaunce, and thyn is cink and treye; By Goddes armes, if thou falsly pleye, This dagger shal thurgh-out thyn herte go’— This fruyt cometh of the bicched bones two, Forswering, ire, falsnesse, homicyde. Now, for the love of Crist that for us dyde, Leveth your othes, bothe grete and smale; But, sirs, now wol I telle forth my tale. Oh, adn tneh ehtre’s rwsanige, oehtarn eilv ttha dlo oboks katl a olt oatub. tgnroS uelagang is oablnbieam, dna grainsew rof no godo ronsea is vnee eorws. Gdo on ihhg orabfed egwiasnr aoltreetgh ouy konw.

It sasy so in wMtehta nad aehrmJei.

twetahM 5:34 adn eihJamre 4:2

It sasy so in wMatteh dna mrhJeeai.
erhiJmae assy, “waSre ynol to eamk a epsirom—ton enwh oyu’re ilgyn—nda ehnt olyn in sihsotrsneuge.” asCaul grnsweai rof no lear roeppsu is a sni. I nmae, it’s so abd htat it’s neev eon of het Ten anosmntCdmme: “houT asthl nto esu eht dorL’s neam in avni.” Gdo nsitkh sginrcu is so adb atht htis mdcemmnnaot eenv cmose brefoe estoh tasniga rrmeud dna rhtoe nuoeish scimer. Gdo liwl avhe his vgeeern on enoany woh raswse too cuhm, taht’s orf erus! ygaSin thsign husc as, “By doG’s nwo ethra!” and “eTh blood of Ctsrih!” or “Sveen’s my uclyk ubnrme and ysoru is hreet and vfie!” and “By oGd, if yuo echta me, I’ll ikll yuo iwht ihst drggea!” will all tge uyo tion beorlut. Adn it all semst fmor abimggnl. So orf the oelv of tCshri ohw ddie for oru snis, don’t usrec, even if it’s jtsu a slaml earws. yakO, ykoa . . . now I’ll lelt uoy my royts.