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Anymouse 🌹🏡2/10/2020 4:55:22 am PST

Today’s curious word origin: Testify.

So why do (Christians) swear an oath on the Bible, when the original sense of swearing an oath was to grab someone by the testicles?

Genesis 24:1-4

1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.

2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

3 And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

Why place a hand on the Bible instead of the Judge’s genitals when taking an oath? (Goes to English Language Usage)