When (A)you vow a vow to God, (B)do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. (C)Pay what you vow. (D)It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Let not your mouth lead you[a] into sin, and do not say before (E)the messenger[b] that it was (F)a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 5:6 Hebrew your flesh
  2. Ecclesiastes 5:6 Or angel

25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
    and to reflect only (A)after making vows.

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