Ecclesiastes 5:5
Parallel Verses
New International Version
It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

New Living Translation
It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.

English Standard Version
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.

New American Standard Bible
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.

King James Bible
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better that you do not vow than that you vow and not fulfill it.

International Standard Version
it's better that you don't promise than that you do promise and not follow through.

NET Bible
It is better for you not to vow than to vow and not pay it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is better not to make a promise than to make one and not keep it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

New American Standard 1977
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better that thou should not vow than that thou should vow and not pay.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.

American King James Version
Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.

American Standard Version
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

English Revised Version
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is it that thou shouldst not vow, than that thou shouldst vow and not pay.

World English Bible
It is better that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.

Young's Literal Translation
Better that thou do not vow, than that thou dost vow and dost not 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
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. 6Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?…
Cross References
Acts 5:4
Did it not belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How could you conceive such a deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God!"

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."

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

Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.

Deuteronomy 23:22 But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you.

Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare to the man who devours that which is holy, and after …

Acts 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was …

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