THE FOURTH BOOK OF
N U M B E R S
Numbers 30 ©
Laws concerning the vows made by a male person, declaring that they ought to be kept, verses 1, 2, etc. Or by a daughter of the family, showing when their vows were to be kept, 3. Or not, 5. Or by a married woman, when they were to keep them, 6. Or not, 8. Or by a widow, or divorced or forsaken woman, that they were to be binding, 9. Again of a married woman, 10. The conclusion of the chapter, 16.
AND Moses spake unto the 1heads of the tribes 2concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.
Ifa a man 3vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear 4an oath to bind 5his soul with a bond; he shall not 6break his word, he shall do 7according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
If a 8woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth;
And her father 9hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then 10all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.
But if her father disallow her 11in 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 12shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.
And if she had 13at all an husband, when 14she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;
And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her 15in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.
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.
But every vow of a 16widow, and of her that is 17divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her.
And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath;
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.
But if her husband hath 18utterly 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.
Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void.
But if her husband 19altogether 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.
But if he shall 20any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he 21shall bear her iniquity.
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.