On oaths.

Matthew 5.33-37.

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§ James 5.12:

Προ παντων δε, αδελφοι μου, μη ομνυετε, μητε τον ουρανον μητε την γην μητε αλλον τινα ορκον· ητω δε υμων το Ναι ναι και το Ου ου, ινα μη υπο κρισιν πεσητε.

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, neither by heaven nor by earth nor by any other oath. But let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you might not fall under judgment.

Refer to my page of Jesus sayings in Christian nongospel literature.

§ Justin Martyr, Apology 1.16.5:

Περι δε του μη ομνυναι ολως, ταληθη δε λεγειν αει, ουτως παρεκελευσατο· Εστω δε υμων το ναι ναι, και το ου ου· το δε περισσον τουτων εκ του πονηρου.

But concerning the matter of making an oath at all, and of always saying true things, thus he commanded: Do not make an oath at all; but let your yes be yes and your no no. And what goes beyond these things [is] from the evil one.