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Numbers 30:2

    Numbers 30:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If a man vow a vow to 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 proceeds out of his mouth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When a man voweth a vow unto Jehovah, or sweareth 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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When a man takes an oath to the Lord, or gives an undertaking having the force of an oath, let him not go back from his word, but let him do whatever he has said he will do.

    Webster's Revision

    When a man voweth a vow unto Jehovah, or sweareth 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.

    World English Bible

    When a man vows a vow to Yahweh, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When a man voweth a vow unto the LORD, or sweareth 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.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 30:2

    If a man vow a vow - A vow is a religious promise made to God. Vows were of several kinds: -

    1. Of abstinence or humiliation, see Numbers 30:13;

    2. Of the Nazarite, see Numbers 6;

    3. Of giving certain things or sacrifices to the Lord, Leviticus 7:16;

    4. Of alms given to the poor, see Deuteronomy 23:21.

    The law in this chapter must have been very useful, as it both prevented and annulled rash vows, and provided a proper sanction for the support and performance of those that were rationally and piously made. Besides, this law must have acted as a great preventive of lying and hypocrisy. If a vow was properly made, a man or woman was bound, under penalty of the displeasure of God, to fulfill it.

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 30:2

    The "vow" was positive; the "bond" negative or restrictive. By a vow a man engaged to dedicate something to God, or to accomplish some work for Him: by a bond he debarred himself from some privilege or enjoyment. A vow involved an obligation to do: a bond, an obligation to forbear doing.