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Numbers 30:1-16

30  And Moses spoke to the heads of tribes of the sons of Israel, saying “This is the order Jehovah has given: 2  When a man makes a vow to Jehovah or swears an oath laying an obligation on himself, he shall not repudiate his word: he shall do just as came out of his mouth. 3  “And when a woman makes a vow to Jehovah or assumes an obligation in her father’s house in her girlhood, 4  and her father hears her vow or the obligation she laid on herself, and her father says nothing to her, all her vows shall stand and any obligation she has laid on herself shall stand. 5  But if her father opposes her on the day that he hears it, none of her vows or the obligations she has laid on herself shall stand; and Jehovah will forgive her, because her father opposed her. 6  And if she shall become a wife while she has upon her her vows or the utterance to which she has obligated herself, 7  and her husband hears on such day as he may hear of it and says nothing to her, her vows shall stand, and her obligations that she has laid on herself shall stand; 8  but if on the day that her husband hears he opposes her, he quashes her vow that she had upon her, and the utterance to which she had obligated herself, and Jehovah will forgive her. 9  And a vow of a widow or divorced woman, anything that she obligates herself to, shall stand against her. 10*  —— 11  —— 12  —— 13  Every vow, and every obligation to deny herself the gratification of appetites, her husband is to confirm or her husband is to quash. 14  —— 15  But if he shall quash them after he hears, he shall bear her guilt.” 16  These are the usages Jehovah enjoined on Moses as between man and wife, and between father and daughter during her girlhood in her father’s house.

Footnotes

30:10-12, 14 Var. adds (10) And if it is in her husband’s house she makes a vow or lays an obligation on herself by an oath, (11) and her husband hears it and says nothing to her, does not oppose her, all her vows shall stand and any obligations she has laid on herself shall stand. (12) But if her husband shall quash them on the day that he hears it, anything that came out of her lips, whether her vows or an obligation of herself, shall not stand: her husband has quashed them, and Jehovah will forgive her. And also (14) But if her husband shall say nothing to her from day to day, he confirms all her vows or all her obligations she has upon her; he confirms them because he said nothing to her on the day he heard it.