The Law of Vows
1 Then Moses° spoke° to athe heads° of the tribes° of the sons° of Israel°, saying°, “This° is the word° which° the LORD° has commanded°. 2 aIf° a man° makes° a vow° to the LORD°, or° takes° an oath° to bind° himself° with a binding° obligation°, he shall not violate° his word°; he shall do° according to all° that proceeds° out of his mouth°.
3 ¶ “Also if° a woman° makes° a vow° to the LORD°, and binds° herself by an obligation° in her father’s° house° in her youth°, 4 and her father° hears° her vow° and her obligation° by which° she has bound° herself°, and her father° Isays° nothing° to her, then all° her vows° shall stand° and every° obligation° by which° she has bound° herself° shall stand°. 5 But if° her father° should forbid° her on the day° he hears° [of it], none°° of her vows° or her obligations° by which° she has bound° herself° shall stand°; and the LORD° will forgive° her because° her father° had forbidden° her.
6 ¶ “However, if° she should Imarry°° while IIunder° her vows° or° the rash° statement° of her lips° by which° she has bound° herself°, 7 and her husband° hears° of it and says° nothing° to her on the day° he hears° [it], then her vows° shall stand° and her obligations° by which° she has bound° herself° shall stand°. 8 But if° on the day° her husband° hears° [of it], he forbids° her, then he shall annul° her vow° which° Ishe is under° and the rash° statement° of her lips° by which° she has bound° herself°; and the LORD° will forgive° her.
9 ¶ “But the vow° of a widow° or of a divorced° woman, everything° by which° she has bound° herself°, shall stand° against° her. 10 However, if° she vowed° in her husband’s° house°, or° bound° herself° by an obligation° with an oath°, 11 and her husband° heard° [it], but said° nothing° to her [and] did not forbid° her, then all° her vows° shall stand° and every° obligation° by which° she bound° herself° shall stand°. 12 But if° her husband° indeed° annuls° them on the day° he hears° [them], then whatever° proceeds° out of her lips° concerning her vows° or concerning the obligation° of herself° shall not stand°; her husband° has annulled° them, and the LORD° will forgive° her.
13 ¶ “Every° vow° and every° binding° oath° to humble° herself°, her husband° may confirm° it or her husband° may annul° it. 14 But if° her husband° indeed° says° nothing° to her from day° to day°, then he confirms° all° her vows° or° all° her obligations° which° are on her; he has confirmed° them, because° he said° nothing° to her on the day° he heard° them. 15 But if° he indeed° annuls° them after° he has heard° them, then he shall bear° her guilt°.”
16 ¶ These° are the statutes° which° the LORD° commanded° Moses°, [as] between° a man° and his wife°, [and as] between° a father° and his daughter°, [while she is] in her youth° in her father’s° house°.
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Vows are not to be broken.
1 ¶ And Mosesº spakeºª unto² the headsº of the tribesº concerning the childrenº of Israel,º saying,ºª This² [is] the thingº which² the LORDº hath commanded.ºª 2 If² a manº vowºª a vowº unto the LORD,º or² swearºª an oathº to bindºª² his soulº with a bond;º he shall not² breakºª his word,º he shall doºª according to all² that proceedeth¹ª out² of his mouth.º²
 Ex 18:25; Nu 1:4; 7:2; 34:17; Dt 1:13.
 Gn 28:20; Ex 20:7; Lv 5:4; 27:2; Nu 21:2; 30:3, 10; Dt 23:21; Jg 11:11, 30, 35, 39; Jb 22:27; Ps 15:3; 22:25; 50:14; 55:20; 56:12; 66:13; 76:11; 116:14, 18; 119:106; Pv 20:25; Ec 5:4; Na 1:15; Mt 5:33; 14:7; 23:16, 18; Ac 23:12, 14, 21; 2Co 1:23; 9:9.
The exception of a maid's vow,
3 If² a womanº also vowºª a vowº unto the LORD,º and bindºª herself by a bond,º [being] in her father'sº houseº in her youth;º 4 And her fatherº hearºª² her vow,º and her bondº wherewith² she hath boundºª² her soul,º and her fatherº shall hold his peaceºª at her: then all² her vowsº shall stand,ºª and every² bondº wherewith² she hath boundºª² her soulº shall stand.ºª 5 But if² her fatherº disallowºª her in the dayº that he heareth;ºª not² any² of her vows,º or of her bondsº wherewith² she hath boundºª² her soul,º shall stand:ºª and the LORDº shall forgiveºª her, because² her fatherº disallowedºª her.
of a wife's,
6 And if² she had at allº an husband,º when she vowed,º² or² utteredº ought out of her lips,º wherewith² she boundºª² her soul;º 7 And her husbandº heardºª [it], and held his peaceºª at her in the dayº that he heardºª [it]: then her vowsº shall stand,ºª and her bondsº wherewith² she boundºª² her soulº shall stand.ºª 8 But if² her husbandº disallowedºª her on the dayº that he heardºª [it]; then he shall make² her vow² which she vowed,¹²² and that which she utteredº with her lips,º wherewith² she boundºª² her soul,º of none effect:ºª and the LORDº shall forgiveºª her.
of a widow's, or her that is divorced.
9 But every² vowº of a widow,º and of her that is divorced,ºª wherewith² they have boundºª² their souls,º shall standºª against² her. 10 And if² she vowedºª in her husband'sº house,º or² boundºª² her soulº by a bondº with an oath;º 11 And her husbandº heardºª [it], and held his peaceºª at her, [and] disallowedºª her not:² then all² her vowsº shall stand,ºª and every² bondº wherewith² she boundºª² her soulº shall stand.ºª 12 But if² her husbandº hath utterly¹ª made them voidºª² on the dayº he heardºª [them; then] whatsoever² proceeded¹ out² of her lipsº concerning her vows,º or concerning the bondº of her soul,º shall not² stand:ºª her husbandº hath made them void;ºª and the LORDº shall forgiveºª her. 13 Every² vow,º and every² bindingº oathº to afflictºª the soul,º her husbandº may establishºª it, or her husbandº may make it void.ºª 14 But if² her husbandº altogether¹ª hold his peaceºª at her from dayº² to² day;º then he establishethºª² all² her vows,º or²² all² her bonds,º which² [are] upon² her: he confirmethºª them, because² he held his peaceºª at her in the dayº that he heardºª [them]. 15 But if² he shall any ways¹ª make them voidºª² after¹ that² he hath heardºª [them]; then he shall bearºª² her iniquity.º 16 These² [are] the statutes,º which² the LORDº commandedºª² Moses,º between² a manº and his wife,º between² the fatherº and his daughter,º [being yet] in her youthº in her father'sº house.º
 Lv 21:7; Lk 2:37; Ro 7:2.
 Nu 15:25, 28; 30:5, 8; 1Co 11:3.
 Lv 16:29; 23:27, 32; Nu 29:7; Ezr 8:21; Ps 35:13; Is 58:5; 1Co 7:5; 11:3, 9; 1P 3:1.
 Nu 30:7.
 Lv 5:1; Nu 30:5, 8, 12; Ga 3:28.
 Lv 11:46; 13:59; 14:54; 15:32; Nu 5:29.
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