Proverbs 20:25

25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and later to reconsider his vows.[a]

Proverbs 20:25 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 20:25

[It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is]
Which is separated to sacred uses, is devoted to the Lord, as firstfruits, tithes, offerings which if a man converts to his own use is sacrilege, and this is a sin and a snare, and brings ruin on him; see ( Malachi 3:8 Malachi 3:9 ) ; and after vows to make inquiry:
that is a sin and a snare also; a man should first inquire before he vows, whether it is right for him to make a vow, and whether he is able to keep it; it is too late after the vow is made to inquire about the lawfulness or expedience of it, and how to find out ways and means to dissolve it and be clear of it; for it is better not to vow, than to vow and not pay, ( Ecclesiastes 5:4 Ecclesiastes 5:5 ) ; when a thing is in a man's own hands, he may do what he will; but when he has devoted it to another use, it is no longer in his power; as the case of Ananias and Sapphira shows, ( Acts 5:1-4 ) .

Proverbs 20:25 In-Context

23 Differing weights are detestable to the Lord, and dishonest scales are unfair.
24 A man's steps are determined by the Lord, so how can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and later to reconsider his vows.
26 A wise king separates out the wicked and drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 A person's breath is the lamp of the Lord, searching the innermost parts.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Nm 30:2; Dt 23:21; Ec 5:4-6
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