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1 And Moses spake vnto the heads of the tribes, concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded.

2 If a man vowe a vow vnto the Lord, or sweare an othe to bind his soule with a bond: he shall not breake his word, hee shall doe according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

3 If a woman also vow a vow vnto the Lord, and binde her selfe by a bond, being in her fathers house in her youth;

4 And her father heare her vow, and her bond wherewith shee hath bound her soule, and her father shall holde his peace at her: then all her vowes shall stand, and euery bond wherewith shee hath bound her soule, shall stand.

5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vowes or of her bonds, wherewith she hath bound her soule, shall stand: and the Lord shall forgiue her, because her father disallowed her.

6 And if she had at all an husband when she vowed, or vttered ought out of her lips, wherewith shee bound her soule,

7 And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that hee heard it: then her vowes shall stand, and her bonds wherewith shee bound her soule, shall stand.

8 But if her husband disallowe her on the day that he heard it, then he shall make her vowe which she vowed, and that which she vttered with her lippes wherewith shee bound her soule, of none effect, and the Lord shall forgiue her.

9 But euery vow of a widow, and of her that is diuorced, wherewith they haue bound their soules, shall stand against her.

10 And if she vowed in her husbands house, or bound her soule 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 vowes shall stand, and euery bond wherewith shee bound her soule, shall stand.

12 But if her husband hath vtterly made them voyd on the day hee heard them: then whatsoeuer proceeded out of her lips concerning her vowes, or concerning the bond of her soule, shall not stand: her husband hath made them voyd, and the Lord shal forgiue her.

13 Euery vow, and euery binding othe to afflict the soule, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it voyd.

14 But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her, from day to day, then he establisheth all her vowes, or all her bonds which are vpon her: hee confirmeth them, because hee held his peace at her, in the day that hee heard them.

15 But if hee shall any wayes make them voyd after that he hath heard them, then he shall beare her iniquitie.

16 These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses betweene a man and his wife, betweene the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth, in her fathers house.

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Commentary for Numbers 30

Vows to be kept. (1,2) The cases wherein vows might be released. (3-16)1,2 No man can be bound by his own promise to do what he is already, by the Divine precept, forbidden to do. In other matters the command is, that he shall not break his words, through he may change his mind.

3-16 Two cases of vows are determined. The case of a daughter in her father's house. When her vow comes to his knowledge, it is in his power either to confirm it or do it away. The law is plain in the case of a wife. If her husband allows her vow, though only by silence, it stands. If he disallows it, her obligation to her husband takes place of it; for to him she ought to be in subjection, as unto the Lord. The Divine law consults the good order of families. It is fit that every man should bear rule in his own house, and have his wife and children in subjection; rather than that this great rule should be broken, or any encouragement be given to inferior relations to break those bonds asunder, God releases the obligation even of a solemn vow. So much does religion secure the welfare of all societies; and in it the families of the earth have a blessing.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Numbers 30

  • BSP
    Verse 2~Binding a vow on one's soul implies that one's life is at stake. This shows how serious it is to fulfill our vows.
  • Renny
    @Lynn- Matthew 5:32 - But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

  • Makafui
    Hmmm.is tru .but the bible said no divorce
  • Joseph Flake
    A woman that I used to date, wanted to marry me. So I went and talked to her father, he gave me his blessing. Later on down the road, she broke up with me. This verse shows me that she broke her vow. Am I right to say that?
  • Dewey Jones
    Lynn, it is fact that God forgives truly repented people that have been through a divorce evidenced by the beginning of this chapter Nu. 30:9 says, "But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, where with they have bound her that souls, shall stand against her". That's more true now we are under a better agreement because John 1:17 say, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ ". Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Amen.
  • Ime
    This chapter shows the honour that God have for the man in the home. To confirm the garden of Eden 's verdict in Genesis 3 16c. This should serve as an eye opener to all, that though a man maybe poor or small in stature, as long as he is married and or a father, God has great respect for whatever he approves or dis approves in his immediate family.

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