Proverbs 20:25
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New International Version
It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one's vows.

New Living Translation
Don't trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

English Standard Version
It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,” and to reflect only after making vows.

New American Standard Bible
It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry.

King James Bible
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and later to reconsider his vows.

International Standard Version
It is a trap for a person to declare quickly, "This is sacred," and only later to have second thoughts about the vows.

NET Bible
It is a snare for a person to rashly cry, "Holy!" and only afterward to consider what he has vowed.

New Heart English Bible
It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is a snare unto a man who vows holiness and whose soul is sorry for it after he vows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is a trap for a person to say impulsively, "This is a holy offering!" and later to have second thoughts about those vows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is a snare to a man rashly to say: 'Holy', And after vows to make inquiry.

New American Standard 1977
It is a snare for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!”
            And after the vows to make inquiry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is a snare unto man to devour that which is holy and afterward to reconsider his vows.

King James 2000 Bible
It is a snare to the man to declare something is holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows.

American King James Version
It is a snare to the man who devours that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

American Standard Version
It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is holy, And after vows to make inquiry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.

Darby Bible Translation
It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is hallowed, and after vows to make inquiry.

English Revised Version
It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

World English Bible
It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.

Young's Literal Translation
A snare to a man is he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
24Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way? 25It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry. 26A wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the threshing wheel over them.…
Cross References
Proverbs 18:13
He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:4
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!

Ecclesiastes 5:5
It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Treasury of Scripture

It is a snare to the man who devours that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

a snare

Proverbs 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Leviticus 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy …

Leviticus 22:10-15 There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the …

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or …

Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein …

after

Leviticus 27:9,10,31 And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering to the LORD, …

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

Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 When you vow a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for he has no pleasure …

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

(25) It is a snare to a man who devoureth that which is holy.--Rather, It is a snare for a man (i.e., gets him into trouble) rashly to say, "It is dedicated" (i.e., when he thoughtlessly dedicates anything to God), and after he has vowed to enquire (whether he can keep his word). (Comp. Ecclesiasticus 5:2; Ecclesiasticus 5:4-6.)

Verse 25. - It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy. This verse, which is plainly a warning against rash vows, has received more than one interpretation. The Vulgate has, Ruina est homini devorare sanctos, which is explained to mean that it is destruction for a man to persecute the saints of God. But the word devorare is not certain, as the manuscripts vary between this and four other readings, viz. devotares, denotare, devovere, and devocare. The Authorized Version signifies that it is a sin to take for one's own consumption things dedicated to God, as firstfruits, the priests' portions, etc.: or a man's snare, i.e. his covetousness (1 Timothy 6:9), leads him to commit sacrilege. So Wordsworth. But it is best, with Delitzsch, to take יָלַע (yala) as the abbreviated future of לוּע or לָעַע, "to speak rashly;" and then kodesh, "holiness," will be an exclamation, like korban (Mark 7:11). The clause will then run, "It is a snare to a man rashly to cry, Holiness!" equivalent to "It is holy!" i.e. to use the formula for consecrating something to holy purposes. Septuagint, "It is a snare to a man hastily to consecrate something of his own" (comp. Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4, etc.). And after vows to make inquiry; i.e. after he has made his vow, to begin to consider whether he can fulfil it or not. This is a snare to a man, strangles his conscience, and leads him into the grievous sins of perjury and sacrilege. Septuagint, "For after vowing ensueth repentance." It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy,.... Which is separated to sacred uses, is devoted to the Lord, as firstfruits, tithes, offerings, &c. 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;

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; 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. 25. devoureth … holy—or, better, "who rashly speaks promises," or "devotes what is holy," consecrating any thing. This suits better the last clause, which expresses a similar view of the results of rashly vowing.20:23. A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. 24. How can we form plans, and conduct business, independently of the Lord? 25. The evasions men often use with their own consciences show how false and deceitful man is. 26. Justice should crush the wicked, and separate them from the virtuous. 27. The rational soul and conscience are as a lamp within us, which should be used in examining our dispositions and motives with the revealed will of God. 28. Mercy and truth are the glories of God's throne. 29. Both young and old have their advantages; and let neither despise or envy the other.
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