And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of
Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.
If a man vow a vow unto
the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break
his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
If a woman also vow a
vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's
house in her youth;
And her father hear her
vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall
hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond
wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.
(30:3-16) Women are not legally responsible for anything.
If a man makes a vow, then God expects him to
keep it. But a woman cannot make a vow, unless it is "allowed" by
her husband or father. If it is allowed,then she must keep it -- but
even so, she is not responsible for her vow (her husband or father is).
But if her father
disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her
bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive
her, because her father disallowed her.
And if she had at all
an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith
she bound her soul;
And her husband heard
it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows
shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.
30:8 But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he
shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her
lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her.
But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have
bound their souls, shall stand against her.
And if she vowed in her
husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath;
And her husband heard
it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows
shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.
But if her husband hath
utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded
out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul,
shall not stand: her
husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her.
Every vow, and every
binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her
husband may make it void.
But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then
he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he
confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard
But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them;
then he shall bear her iniquity.
These are the statutes,
which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the
father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father's house.