“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
by: Dale Rood.
The focus here is on integrity. This is not forbidding the use of vows or the making of promises, whether to God or anyone else. We find examples of making vows in Scripture, such as David referring to vows he had made in Psalm 61:5: “You have heard my vows, O God.” Today’s passage focuses on whether or not we are people of our word. Can others depend on us to keep our word? Do others trust us to do what we say? Being people of our word and demonstrating integrity is essential in building relationships with others.