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Passed by the International Nazarene Beit Din:

Oaths, should they be taken?

It has been said "Do not be false in your oath, but complete to YHWH your
For the Torah says:
"And you shall not swear by My Name falsely, so that you profane the Name of
your Elohim: I am YHWH." (Lev. 19:12)
"When a man vows a vow unto YHWH, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a
bond, he shall not break his word: he shall do according to all that
proceeds out of his mouth." (Num. 3 (30:2))
"When you shall vow a vow unto YHWH your Elohim, you shall not be slack
to pay it. For YHWH your Elohim, will surely require it of you, and it will
be sin in you. But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you.
That which is gone out of your lips, you shall observe and do, according as
you have vowed freely unto YHWH your Elohim--even that which you have
promised with your mouth." (Deut. 22 (23:21)- 24 (23:23))
Yeshua Ben Sira said:
" Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall
never be taken in his lips. The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both
the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby. Accustom not thy mouth to
swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One. For as a servant
that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth
and nameth God continually shall not be faultless. A man that useth much
swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from
his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge
not his sin, he maketh a double offence: and if he swear in vain, he shall not
be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities. There is a word that is
clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of
Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not
wallow in their sins. Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is
the word of sin. Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among
great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a
fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy
nativity. The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed
all the days of his life." (Sira 23:7-15)
The Essenes taught:
"A man must not swear either by Aleph and Lamedh (Elohim) or by Aleph and
Daleth (Adonai) Swearing is to be avoided. It is worse than perjury; he who
be believed without [swearing by] Elohim, is already condemned."
(Damascus Document Col. 15, 1 & Josephus; Wars; 2:8:6)
Yeshua the Messiah taught:
"You shall not swear by a confirming word--not by heaven, for it is Elohim's
throne, And not by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, and not by
Yerushalayim, for it is the city of the great king. And you shall not swear by
your head, in that you have no power to whiten one hair or turn it black again.
But let your words be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these words,
is of evil."
(Matt. 5:34-37)
Yakov HaTzadik first Nasi of the Nazarene Sanhedrin taught:
"Before every thing [else] my brothers, do not swear: neither by heaven nor by
earth, not even by another oath. On the contrary, let your word be yes, yes, and
no, no, lest you should be condemned under judgment." (Ya'akov 5:12)

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