The KJV has the phrase “striketh hands” where the NASB uses “pledges” (8628/3709). I had to do some looking to figure this one out. I found the best explanation in the commentaries of Adam Clarke:
“Striking each other’s hands, or shaking hands, was anciently the form in concluding a contract.”This would be a way of sealing a deal with a hand shake. We are to have care in the financial commitments we make.
Is your church having a building fund drive? Are you having an annual stewardship campaign and seeking “pledges” (8628/3709)? Do you have missionaries coming by to renew your annual contributions. Stop now and reread the verse above. Is this just a great verse to quote out of context or could it be that the meaning is clear and we find it inconvenient so we ignore it?
So? Be careful about the promises you make. Don’t get carried away by emotional appeals. Take the time to pray and think before you do something irresponsible.