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Swearing and its implications May 10, 2010

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour.
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Swearing seems to be on the rise these days. I mean childcare staff agree that swearing is an issue even at this very young age. Why is this the case? Some  people say swearing is practically harmless and is not a big matter of concern. However I believe many people do not fully understand the implications when deciding to swear. Click here for the full post: swearing and its implications

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1. bishoymarcus - May 10, 2010

A sign of no intelligence thats what swearing is!

Great Read

2. Bishoy Tawadrous - May 22, 2010

Q: Is the word shut up a swear word??…most people would say yes…in Daniel 12:4 it says ““But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” how is it then that there is no swearing in the bible?

daniel ayad - May 22, 2010

thanks for the interesting question bishoy

First all of it would go against the biblical teachings of Christ if He swore when speaking to somebody.

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4: 29)

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Romans 12: 14) .. these among others make some reference to the error in swearing.

But does the verse mentioned in Daniel show that God swore?

It’s important to understand the actual meaning of the words.
It is plausible that shut up could mean:

– To close (a building) so that no one can enter.
– To terminate (a business).
– To enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room or other place so that it cannot leave.
– To put (an object) in a secure enclosed place.
– To stop (a person) from talking or (a person or thing) making noise.

It appears that the verse mentioned here ‘shut up the words’ would be to put (shut up, close) the object (book) in a secure enclosed place.

The verse was documented more than 2500 years ago. History has influenced the meaning of this word and how it is used.

Importantly the word ‘shut up’ could describe an actual occurence, i.e. locked up, secured, rather the common meaning we have today; shut up = stop talking.

I think that clearly the context God used ‘shut up’ was not to stop someone from talking. He is referring to a book with words, not a person.

I think there is little doubt that the context God used to say ‘shut up the words’ was not offensive, or vulgar. Therefore no swear words were incorporated.

Perhaps the question should be if I tell somebody to ‘shut up’ am I swearing?

This is debatable and can be answered at a later stage

3. Bishoy Tawadrous - May 22, 2010

thanx for the reply but i think God when he was speaking to Daniel was telling him stop preaching (i.e. using words of mouth) and remove all the religous books from the people because he conitinues to say “and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” So God here is telling Daniel to stop all forms of religous knowlege from being available to the people in all forms by using words or books.

4. daniel ayad - May 25, 2010

Bishoy I have gone to the orignal septuagint version for ‘shut up’

sâtham śâtham
saw-tham’, saw-tham’
A primitive root; to stop up; by implication to repair; figuratively to keep secret: – closed up, hidden, secret, shut out (up), stop.

Whether God was speaking about the book or preaching is not of prime importance. The original meaning of satham is different.

Shut up occurs 38 times in the bible


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