Ecclesiastes 5:5

5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

Read Ecclesiastes 5:5 Using Other Translations

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.

What does Ecclesiastes 5:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 5:5

Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow
For a vow is an arbitrary thing; a man is not bound to make it, and while he vows not, it is in his own power, and at his option, whether he will do this or that, or not; but when he has once vowed, he is then brought under an obligation, and must perform; see ( Acts 5:4 ) ; and therefore it is better not to vow; it is more acceptable to God, and, it is better for a man; than that thou shouldest vow and not pay;
for this shows great weakness and folly, levity and inconstancy, and is resented by the Lord.

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