Numbers 30

1Moses spoke with all the leaders of the Israelite family groups. Moses told them about these commands from the Lord: 2“If a person wants to make a special promise to God, or if that person promises to give something special to God, then let him do that thing. But that person must do exactly what he promises! 3“A young woman might still be living in her father’s house. And that young woman might make a special promise to give something to the Lord. 4If her father hears about the promise and agrees, then the young woman must do the thing she promised. 5But if her father hears about the promise and does not agree, then she is free from her promise. She does not have to do the thing she promised. Her father stopped her, so the Lord will forgive her. 6“A woman might make a special promise to give something to the Lord and then get married. 7If the husband hears about the promise and doesn’t object, then the woman must do the thing she promised. 8But if the husband hears about the promise and refuses to let her keep her promise, then the wife does not have to do the thing she promised. Her husband broke the promise—he did not let her do the thing she said. So the Lord will forgive her. 9“A widow or a divorced woman might make a special promise. If she does, then she must do exactly what she promised. 10A married woman might make a promise to give something to the Lord. 11If her husband hears about the promise and lets her keep her promise, then she must do exactly what she promised. She must give everything she promised. 12But if her husband hears about the promise and refuses to let her keep the promise, then she does not have to do what she promised. It does not matter what she promised, her husband can break the promise. If her husband breaks the promise, then the Lord will forgive her. 13A married woman might promise to give something to the Lord, or she might promise to do without something, or she might make some other special promise to God. The husband can stop any of those promises, and the husband can let her keep any of those promises. 14How does the husband let his wife keep her promises? If he hears about the promises and does not stop them, then the woman must do exactly what she promised. 15But if the husband hears about the promises and stops them, then he is responsible for breaking her promises.” 16Those are the commands that the Lord gave to Moses. Those are the commands about a man and his wife, and about a father and his daughter that is still young and living at home in her father’s house.

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