The Mountain: Promises To God

Jesus gave another example of the spirit of God’s word (41):

It has also been said, ‘Do not break your promise to God.’

But I say, do not even make promises to God.

Do not promise by heaven, which is only God’s throne.

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Do not promise by the earth, which is only God’s footrest.

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Do not promise by Jerusalem, which is only the city of the great king.

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Do not even promise by your own head, because you cannot make a single hair on it white or black.

It’s sinful to try to add emphasis to your promises in that way.

Instead of promising to do what God says, just do what God says.

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(41) Matthew 5:33-37