Numbers 30:9

9 “Any vow or obligation taken by a widow or divorced woman will be binding on her.

Read Numbers 30:9 Using Other Translations

But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her.
(But any vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, anything by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her.)
If, however, a woman is a widow or is divorced, she must fulfill all her vows and pledges.

What does Numbers 30:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 30:9

But every vow of a widow
The Scripture speaks, as Jarchi says, of a widow from marriage, or that has been married, but a widow from espousals (or that has been only espoused), the husband dead, the power is transmitted, and returns to the father; and with respect to such a case, it is said in the Misnah F25

``if the father (of such a betrothed person) dies, the power is not transmitted to the husband; but if the husband dies, the power is transmitted to the father; in this case, greater is the power of a father than of an husband; in others, greater is the power of an husband than of a father, because an husband makes void (the vow of) one at age, but a father does not make void (the vow of) such an one:''

and of her that is divorced:
from her husband on some account or another; now in each of these cases, the one being loosed from the law of her husband by death, and the other by a bill of divorce, if they vowed,

the vows wherewith they have bound their souls shall stand against her;
against either of them, they having none over them to disapprove of, contradict, and make void their vows.


F25 Nedarim, c. 10. sect. 2.
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