12 Do not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God;(A) I am the Lord.

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When a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.(A)

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Keeping Vows

21 “If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to keep it, because he will require it of you, and it will be counted against you as sin.

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16 “Woe to you, blind guides,(A) who say, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the temple, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath(B) by the gold of the temple is bound by his oath.’[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 23:16 Lit is obligated, also in v. 18

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