Ecclesiastes 5:4
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New International Version
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.

New Living Translation
When you make a promise to God, don't delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.

English Standard Version
When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.

New American Standard Bible
When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!

King James Bible
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you make a vow to God, don't delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow.

International Standard Version
When you make a promise to God, don't fail to keep it, since he isn't pleased with fools. Keep what you promise—

NET Bible
When you make a vow to God, do not delay in paying it. For God takes no pleasure in fools: Pay what you vow!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you make a promise to God, don't be slow to keep it because God doesn't like fools. Keep your promise.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou vowest.

New American Standard 1977
When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it, for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!

Jubilee Bible 2000
When thou dost vow a vow unto God, do not defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed.

King James 2000 Bible
When you vow a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools: pay that which you have vowed.

American King James Version
When you vow a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools: pay that which you have vowed.

American Standard Version
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou vowest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou hast vowed any thing to God, defer not to pay it: for an unfaithful and foolish promise displeaseth him: but whatsoever thou hast vowed, pay it.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

English Revised Version
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou vowest.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou vowest a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

World English Bible
When you vow a vow to God, don't defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay that which you vow.

Young's Literal Translation
When thou vowest a vow to God, delay not to complete it, for there is no pleasure in fools; that which thou vowest -- complete.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:4-8 When a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to sin. The case supposes a man coming to the priest, and pretending that his vow was made rashly, and that it would be wrong to fulfil it. Such mockery of God would bring the Divine displeasure, which might blast what was thus unduly kept. We are to keep down the fear of man. Set God before thee; then, if thou seest the oppression of the poor, thou wilt not find fault with Divine Providence; nor think the worse of the institution of magistracy, when thou seest the ends of it thus perverted; nor of religion, when thou seest it will not secure men from suffering wrong. But though oppressors may be secure, God will reckon for all.
Study Bible
Approaching God with Awe
3For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words. 4When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! 5It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.…
Cross References
Numbers 30:2
"If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Deuteronomy 23:21
"When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you.

Judges 11:35
When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those who trouble me; for I have given my word to the LORD, and I cannot take it back."

Psalm 22:25
From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.

Psalm 50:14
"Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;

Psalm 66:13
I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows,

Psalm 66:14
Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.

Psalm 76:11
Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared.

Proverbs 20:25
It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry.

Jonah 2:9
But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD."
Treasury of Scripture

When you vow a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools: pay that which you have vowed.

vowest

Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep …

Genesis 35:1,3 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and …

Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow to the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul …

Deuteronomy 23:21-23 When you shall vow a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not slack …

Psalm 50:14 Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows to the most High:

Psalm 76:11 Vow, and pay to the LORD your God: let all that be round about him …

Psalm 119:106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep your righteous judgments.

Isaiah 19:21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know …

Matthew 5:33 Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time, …

for

Psalm 147:10,11 He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure.

pay

Psalm 66:13,14 I will go into your house with burnt offerings: I will pay you my vows…

Psalm 116:14,16-18 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all his people…

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will …

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