Dr. Allan Thompson
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Verbal Inflation

The term ‘verbal inflation’ is not new with me (you can find several articles about it on Google). Inflation at its simplest is: the more money you print, the less each currency unit is worth. When this idea is attached to our spoken words, an interesting phenomenon arises: When our Lord said in Matthew 5.37 to ‘let our yea (yes) be yea, and our nay (no) be nay, and anything beyond these is evil,’ He was counteracting verbal inflation of the day. In context we see He was railing against those who uttered increasingly flamboyant and hyperbolic oaths to make up for a lack of character. A person’s character should be so rock solid that a person’s ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is taken at face value. If one’s c

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