New American Bible (Revised Edition)
1 So Moses instructed the Israelites exactly as the Lord had commanded him.
Validity and Annulment of Vows. 2 Moses said to the heads of the Israelite tribes, “This is what the Lord has commanded: 3 When a man makes a vow to the Lord or binds himself under oath to a pledge,[a] he shall not violate his word, but must fulfill exactly the promise he has uttered.(A)Read full chapter
- 30:3 A vow…a pledge: here the former signifies the promise to dedicate either a person, an animal, or a thing or their equivalent to the sanctuary upon the fulfillment of some specified conditions (Lv 27:1–13); the latter signifies the assumption of either a positive or a negative obligation—that is, the promise either to do something or to abstain from something; cf. v. 14.