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The English word adjure, derived from the Latin word adjuro, meaning to swear, is used to translate the original Hebrew word of the Scriptures, pronounced shaw-bah, meaning to be complete, or more literally, to seven one's self i.e. to repeat a declaration seven times (to God, the number seven, pronounced in Hebrew as sheh-baw, is often used as a symbol of completion e.g. The Seven Days Of Creation and Seven Days of Creation?). During Bible History, adjuration was a solemn command whereby one person imposed on another the obligation of speaking, or acting, as if under an oath.


Holy Bible The people of Israel were adjured not to rebuild Jericho after it was destroyed when the Israelites entered the Promised Land (see The Fall Of Jericho):

"Joshua laid an oath upon them at that time, saying, "Cursed before The Lord be the man that rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho. At the cost of his first-born shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates." (Joshua 6:26 RSV)

The man who ignored the adjuration, even centuries later, and rebuilt Jericho paid the "cost" exactly as written:

"In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho; he laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his first-born, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of The Lord, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun." (1 Kings 16:34 RSV)

When King David grew older (he was nearly 70 when the incident happened) and was no longer able to effectively protect himself in battle against young warriors, David's troops adjured him to no longer lead them into combat:

"The Philistines had war again with Israel, and David went down together with his servants, and they fought against the Philistines; and David grew weary. And Ishbibenob, one of the descendants of the Giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was girded with a new sword, thought to kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David's men adjured him [King James "sware him"], "You shall no more go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel." (2 Samuel 21:15-17 RSV)

After Jesus Christ was arrested on the night before His Crucifixion (see The Fateful Night), He remained mostly silent. He answered their kangaroo-court accusations only after the high priest adjured Him to respond:

"Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false testimony against Jesus that they might put Him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward."

"At last two came forward and said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the Temple of God [see Physical and Spiritual Temples], and to build it in three days.'"

"And the high priest stood up and said, "Have You no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against You?" But Jesus was silent."

"And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God."

"Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matthew 26:59-64 RSV)

Fact Finder: After Jesus Christ told them the Truth that they had adjured Him to do, what did His accusers do to Him?
Matthew 26:67
Imagine, a witness at a "trial" being beaten while telling the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.

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