If anyone thoughtlessly takes an oath to do anything, whether good or evil (in any matter one might carelessly swear about) even though they are unaware of it, but then they learn of it and realize their guilt when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. Leviticus 5:3-4 New International Version
As you can see, Jehovah takes all vows seriously.
So if you take a vow, even if you are tricked into it and refuse to honour it, you will pay the price.
This I believe is intended to drive home three points.
One: there is a price to pay for disobedience.
Now if you have taken a vow that is detrimental to society, or Christ, you should break it.
Otherwise the consequences will be more severe. So if a friend has nagged you into keeping a secret of how they cheated on an a deal with another company you should break that vow to do the right thing and report it otherwise when they are caught you will suffer the same punishment at them.
The second important thing is to drive home the importance of waiting and seeking council through councilors and prayer to avoid being caught up in these in the first place.
The third one is the one I have been plagued with constantly in China.
Do not make a promise you do not intend to keep.
In China they have a practice of promising you almost anything to get you to do what they want you to do. Once you have done your part they conveniently get amnesia and forget their promises (which in reality they had no intention of keeping in the first place).
This has taught me a valuable lesson.
Now when someone wants me to do something for them and they make extravagant promises I inform them loudly in public that because I want them to prove to everyone how honest they are I will give them the honour of fulfilling their promises first.
It greatly shames them.
Every time I see them I loudly ask them when they are going to fulfill their promises.
This is done as a warning to those who are watching and listening so they do not attempt this filth on me.
It has eliminated a lot of stress in my life and a lot less being made a sucker out of.
Prayer: Please Jehovah KalEl (voice of God) bless me to always depend upon Your Holy Spirits voice to guide me on when to and when not to make promises because they are oh so very serious to You. I know this voice will prevent me from making foolish promises or unattainable promises. I sincerely request this in the name of He who promised to always be with me and has kept His promise Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.