We should not make promises. Or vows. Rather, our YES should mean YES. And our NO should mean NO.
Judges 11:30. Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, “If you will indeed deliver the children of Ammon into my hand,
1 Kings 1:30. most certainly as I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place;’ I will most certainly do this today.”
Ecclesiastes 5:1. Guard your steps when you go to God’s house; for to draw near to listen is better than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they don’t know that they do evil.
Sirach 29:3. Confirm your word, and keep faith with him; And at all seasons you shall find what you need.
Matthew 5:37. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.
James 5:12. But above all things, my brothers, don’t swear— not by heaven, or by the earth, or by any other oath; but let your “yes” be “yes”, and your “no”, “no”, so that you don’t fall into hypocrisy.
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