Ecclesiastes 5:4

“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When thou vowest a vow vnto God, deferre not to pay it: for he hath no pleasure in fooles; pay that which thou hast vowed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for {He takes} no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou vowest.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When you take an oath before God, put it quickly into effect, because he has no pleasure in the foolish; keep the oath you have taken.
- Basic English Bible

When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
- Darby Bible

When thou vowest a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
- Webster's Bible

When you vow a vow to God, don't defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay that which you vow.
- World English Bible

When thou vowest a vow to God, delay not to complete it, for there is no pleasure in fools; that which thou vowest -- complete.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(5:3) When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou vowest.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 5:4


5:4 In fools - In perfidious persons, who, when they are in distress, make liberal vows, and when the danger is past, break them.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 5:4

  • Troubled for verse 4
    If you do make a vow and break it more than once do you think God will forgive you? Please, someone please help me understand!! I 'm afraid that maybe I have doomed myself! I have promised the LORD that it will never happen again and I mean to honor this vow until my last breath. Could someone please help me understand??

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