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Proverbs 20:25

25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.

Read Proverbs 20:25 Using Other Translations

It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only after making vows.
Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

What does Proverbs 20:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .

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