What promise does Oedipus make at the close of Scene 1?

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In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus resolves at the end of the Prologue to take responsibility for finding the murderer of the former king Laius so that the plague on Thebes will be lifted.  The Choragos suggests in Scene 1 that the blind seer Teiresias might be able to provide some information on who the murderer is.  But when Teiresias arrives, Oedipus gets into an argument with him and accuses Teiresias of taking a bribe from Creon.  Oedipus promises to continue seeking out the true murderer as he will not believe that Teiresias is telling the truth about him being the true murderer.  Oedipus believes that since he was great once at solving the riddle of the Sphinx, he will be great once again in solving this mystery regarding the murderer of Laius.