Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.
When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee--
So that when it was God’s desire to make it specially clear to those who by his word were to have the heritage, that his purpose was fixed, he made it more certain with an oath;
In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath,
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
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1 tn Grk “in which.”
2 tn Or “immutable” (here and in v. 18); Grk “the unchangeableness of his purpose.”