NASB — Numbers 30 — KJV

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.

[1] aNu 1:4, 16; 7:2
[2] aDt 23:21-23; Mt 5:33

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.

[4] ILit is silent to her, and so throughout the ch

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.

[6] ILit be to a husband IILit her vows are on her
[8] ILit is on 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 Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This [is] the thing which the LORD hath commanded. 2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

[1] Ex 18:25; Nu 1:4; 7:2; 34:17; Dt 1:13.
[2] 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 If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, [being] in her father's house in her youth; 4 And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. 5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.

[4] Nu 30:2.
[5] Ho 6:6; Mt 15:4; Mk 7:10; Ep 6:1.

of a wife's,

6 And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul; 7 And her husband heard [it], and held his peace at her in the day that he heard [it]: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 8 But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard [it]; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her.

[6] Ps 56:12.
[8] Gn 3:16; 1Co 7:4; 14:34; Ep 5:22.

of a widow's, or her that is divorced.

9 But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her. 10 And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath; 11 And her husband heard [it], and held his peace at her, [and] disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 12 But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard [them; then] whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her. 13 Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. 14 But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which [are] upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard [them]. 15 But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard [them]; then he shall bear her iniquity. 16 These [are] the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, [being yet] in her youth in her father's house.

[9] Lv 21:7; Lk 2:37; Ro 7:2.
[12] Nu 15:25, 28; 30:5, 8; 1Co 11:3.
[13] 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.
[14] Nu 30:7.
[15] Lv 5:1; Nu 30:5, 8, 12; Ga 3:28.
[16] Lv 11:46; 13:59; 14:54; 15:32; Nu 5:29.


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