This morning I read Numbers 30: 1-16, which teaches that one should not speak rashly, because God will hold him accountable for the vows he makes. This brought to mind the words of Jesus in Matthew 5: 37. “Let your statement be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ To put this in context, Jesus is answering questions about marriage, adultery, and divorce. Then He refers to vows and oaths in general.
In Matthew 5: 33-37 (NASB), He says, “You have heard that the ancients were told, YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes” or ‘No, no’; anything beyond that is of evil.”
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12: 36 KJV)