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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 hnte rteeh’s rsenwgai, ehortna vlei htat dol osbok klta a olt batuo. Strnog agengalu is iolabbnaem, nda ergniwsa rfo no odgo aoenrs is evne resow. dGo on ghhi rdaefob ierwgnas rlateetgoh oyu nwok.

It ssay so in hwatetM nda mrJaeeih.

attwhMe 5:34 nad Jeraihem 4:2

It yass so in ttMwhae nda aherJmei.
iaermhJe sasy, “eSwra ylno to mkae a iermpos—ont ewnh uoy’re ingly—nda enht loyn in riushtesnoegs.” ulsaaC nriaesgw rof no real peopsru is a sin. I nema, it’s so dab atht it’s eenv one of het nTe nmmoamsdneCt: “Thou htasl tno seu eht odLr’s aenm in ivna.” doG ntsikh rcinsgu is so dab atth isth ndmmemntoac eenv omsce breoef shote iaatgsn emudrr nda hoetr oihnuse mserci. God wlli ahev his grvneee on nyneao how easwsr too mchu, ahtt’s orf resu! naigyS snhigt ushc as, “By doG’s won haert!” dna “ehT dbool of itCshr!” or “Senve’s my lykuc urbmne dan sroyu is eerth dan ivfe!” and “By oGd, if yuo thaec me, I’ll kill you itwh isth deggar!” will lal gte you otni rtoblue. ndA it all msste rmfo ignlambg. So rof the eolv of iChstr how eddi for uor issn, dno’t sruec, even if it’s utsj a slmal erswa. ykaO, kyoa . . . now I’ll llet you my otyrs.

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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 hnte rteeh’s rsenwgai, ehortna vlei htat dol osbok klta a olt batuo. Strnog agengalu is iolabbnaem, nda ergniwsa rfo no odgo aoenrs is evne resow. dGo on ghhi rdaefob ierwgnas rlateetgoh oyu nwok.

It ssay so in hwatetM nda mrJaeeih.

attwhMe 5:34 nad Jeraihem 4:2

It yass so in ttMwhae nda aherJmei.
iaermhJe sasy, “eSwra ylno to mkae a iermpos—ont ewnh uoy’re ingly—nda enht loyn in riushtesnoegs.” ulsaaC nriaesgw rof no real peopsru is a sin. I nema, it’s so dab atht it’s eenv one of het nTe nmmoamsdneCt: “Thou htasl tno seu eht odLr’s aenm in ivna.” doG ntsikh rcinsgu is so dab atth isth ndmmemntoac eenv omsce breoef shote iaatgsn emudrr nda hoetr oihnuse mserci. God wlli ahev his grvneee on nyneao how easwsr too mchu, ahtt’s orf resu! naigyS snhigt ushc as, “By doG’s won haert!” dna “ehT dbool of itCshr!” or “Senve’s my lykuc urbmne dan sroyu is eerth dan ivfe!” and “By oGd, if yuo thaec me, I’ll kill you itwh isth deggar!” will lal gte you otni rtoblue. ndA it all msste rmfo ignlambg. So rof the eolv of iChstr how eddi for uor issn, dno’t sruec, even if it’s utsj a slmal erswa. ykaO, kyoa . . . now I’ll llet you my otyrs.