Proverbs 20:25
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New Living Translation
Don't trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

King James Bible
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

Darby Bible Translation
It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is hallowed, and after vows to make inquiry.

World English Bible
It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.

Young's Literal Translation
A snare to a man is he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry.

Proverbs 20:25 Parallel
Wesley's Notes on the Bible

20:25 A snare - It brings guilt upon him. After - After a man has made vows to enquire for ways to break them.

Proverbs 20:25 Parallel Commentaries

Ploughing in Canaan.
In Scripture frequent mention is made of the husbandman and his work. Ploughing the land, sowing the seed, reaping the harvest, and winnowing the grain are often referred to. Our picture shows an Eastern husbandman ploughing. How different it is to ploughing in our own land! There is no coulter; and instead of the broad steel plough-share we see a pointed piece of wood. And the long handles with which our labourers guide their ploughs--where are they? The strong horses, too, harnessed one behind
Anonymous—Mother Stories from the Old Testament

What Now Shall I Say Concerning the Very Carefulness and Watchfulness against Sin? "Who...
48. What now shall I say concerning the very carefulness and watchfulness against sin? "Who shall boast that he hath a chaste heart? or who shall boast that he is clean from sin?" [2200] Holy virginity is indeed inviolate from the mother's womb; but "no one," saith he, "is clean in Thy sight, not even the infant whose life is of one day upon the earth." [2201] There is kept also in faith inviolate a certain virginal chastity, whereby the Church is joined as a chaste virgin unto One Husband: but That
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

The Third Exile, 356-362.
The third exile of Athanasius marks the summit of his achievement. Its commencement is the triumph, its conclusion the collapse of Arianism. It is true that after the death of Constantius the battle went on with variations of fortune for twenty years, mostly under the reign of an ardently Arian Emperor (364-378). But by 362 the utter lack of inner coherence in the Arian ranks was manifest to all; the issue of the fight might be postponed by circumstances but could not be in doubt. The break-up of
Athanasius—Select Works and Letters or Athanasius

Benjamin Whichcote, the First of the "Latitude-Men"
The type of Christianity which I have been calling "spiritual religion," that is, religion grounded in the nature of Reason, finds, at least in England, its noblest expression in the group of men, sometimes called "Cambridge Platonists," and sometimes "Latitude-Men," or simply "Latitudinarians." These labels were all given them by their critics and opponents, and were used to give the impression that the members of this group or school were introducing and advancing a type of Christianity too broad
Rufus M. Jones—Spiritual Reformers in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Cross References
Proverbs 18:13
Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:4
When you make a promise to God, don't delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.

Ecclesiastes 5:5
It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.

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