Simple speech (Mt 5:37-5:37)

“Let your word be.

‘Yes,’

‘Yes,’

‘No,’

‘No.’

‘Anything more than this

Comes

From the evil one.’”

 

ἔστω δὲ ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν ναὶ ναί, οὒ οὔ· τὸ δὲ περισσὸν τούτων ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ ἐστιν.

 

Matthew has Jesus say that their language should be simple (ἔστω δὲ ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν), by using only yes, yes, or no, no (ναὶ ναί, οὒ οὔ).  There was not any need for anything more (τὸ δὲ περισσὸν τούτων).  In fact, if there is more, it probably comes from the evil one (ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ ἐστιν), either the devil or Satan, who are not explicitly mentioned here.  This simple speech comment was once again unique to Matthew.

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King Darius declares universal peace and prosperity (Dan 6:25-6:25)

“Then King Darius wrote

To all the people,

To all the nations,

Of every language,

Throughout

The whole world.

‘May you have

Abundant prosperity.’”

This King Darius of Medes sent a decree to all the people and countries on the earth, no matter what their language. Of course, this would be hardly possible, since it was probably written in Aramaic. Anyway, he wished everyone peace and prosperity.