Guide my tongue, O Blessed Wisdom

Guide my tongue, O Blessed Wisdom, so that it may not deviate from truth for the rest of my life. Remind me of Your presence, so that I may be afraid to utter falsehood. Encourage me with Your presence, so that I may freely speak the truth.

An oath bears witness to falsehood in the world. In the kingdom of truth oaths are unknown.1

As out of a deep pit many wicked vapors escape, so out of self-deception all sins come forth, each with its own color and scent.

Out of self-deception comes arrogance; out of self-deception -- anger; out of self-deception -- bodily sin; out of self-deception -- deception. Deception has armed itself with oaths.

Falsehood curses with the truth, and thereby it acknowledges truth as essence, and itself as a shadow. Falsehood does not curse with falsehood, for nothingness does not lean on nothingness. In its feebleness falsehood looks for a sup­port in truth. The more falsehood is disseminated, the more oaths are also disseminated.

Swearing an oath humiliates a truthful husband and kills a lying husband. Where oaths multiply, lies also multiply. A sinful mind always has a ready oath on its tongue. Lying eyes fend off with the tongue, but they cannot defend themselves. Whoever fabricates deception, also fabricates oaths.

The sons of adultery are the swiftest forgers of lies and oaths. For adultery itself is a lie and false oath in and of itself.

The daughters of adultery call upon God as witness, and God withdraws from the judgments of men, and with His absence He drives everything into falsehood.

Guide my heart, O Blessed Wisdom, and my tongue will also be guided.

Guide my mind, O Blessed Wisdom, and my tongue will also be guided.

Guide my soul with Your presence, and my tongue will forget all oath -swearing.

What is the value of justifying myself before men, my God, if I stand accused before You?

I shall slow down my tongue and shall cease to swear oaths, even though I remain guilty before men.

Rightness before You fills the heart with gladness. Rightness before men fills the heart with sadness. O my God, I am Your living oath, that You will be with me to the end. It is better for me to be at peace with You than with the world. Truly, war with the world is easier than war with You.

O my God, my God, I am your living oath that You will be with me to the end.2


1. Matt. 5:33-37.

2. Matt. 28:20.


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