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Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it.
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And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised.
Deuteronomy 23:22 If thou wilt not promise, that shalt be without sin.
Proverbs 20:25 It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.
Acts 5:4 Whilst it remained, did it not remain to thee? And after it was sold, was it not in thy power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.
ContextApproaching God with Awe
…4If thou hast vowed any thing to God, defer not to pay it: for an unfaithful and foolish promise displeaseth him: but whatsoever thou hast vowed, pay it. 5And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised.6Give not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin: and say not before the angel: There is no providence: lest God be angry at thy words, and destroy all the works of thy hands.…
Whilst it remained, did it not remain to thee? And after it was sold, was it not in thy power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.
When thou hast made a vow to the Lord thy God, thou shalt not delay to pay it: because the Lord thy God will require it. And if thou delay, it shall be imputed to thee for a sin.
And when he saw her, he rent his garments, and said: Alas! my daughter, thou hast deceived me, and thou thyself art deceived: for I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I can do no other thing.
It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.
They that in vain observe vanities, forsake their own mercy.
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