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Numbers 30:3

    Numbers 30:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If a woman also vow a vow to the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Also when a woman voweth a vow unto Jehovah, and bindeth herself by a bond, being in her father's house, in her youth,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If a woman, being young and under the authority of her father, takes an oath to the Lord or gives an undertaking;

    Webster's Revision

    Also when a woman voweth a vow unto Jehovah, and bindeth herself by a bond, being in her father's house, in her youth,

    World English Bible

    "Also when a woman vows a vow to Yahweh, and binds herself by a bond, being in her father's house, in her youth,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Also when a woman voweth a vow unto the LORD, and bindeth herself by a bond, being in her father's house, in her youth;

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 30:3

    In her youth - That is, say the rabbins, under twelve years of age; and under thirteen in case of a young man. Young persons of this age were considered to be under the authority of their parents, and had consequently no power to vow away the property of another. A married woman was in the same circumstances, because she was under the authority of her husband. If however the parents or the husband heard of the vow, and objected to it in the same day in which they heard of it, (Numbers 30:5), then the vow was annulled; or, if having heard of it, they held their peace, this was considered a ratification of the vow.

    A rash vow was never to be kept; "for," says Philo, and common sense and justice say the same, "he who commits an unjust action because of his vow adds one crime to another,

    1. By making an unlawful vow;

    2. By doing an unlawful action."

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 30:3

    Being in her father's house in her youth - It was not ordinarily until her betrothal or marriage, that the female passed (some suppose by purchase) from the power of her father to that of her husband.