Ecclesiastes 5:5
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.

Berean Study Bible
It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
It's better not to make a promise at all than to make one and not keep it.

Good News Translation
Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it.

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.

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

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is better 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.
Study Bible
Approaching God with Awe
4When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it, because He takes no pleasure in fools. Fulfill your vow. 5It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. 6Do not let your mouth cause your body to sin, and do not tell the messenger that your vow was a mistake. Why should God be angry with your words 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
If you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not be slow to keep it, because He will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Judges 11:35
As soon as Jephthah saw her, he tore his clothes and said, "No! Not my daughter! You have brought me to my knees! You have brought great misery upon me, for I have given my word to the LORD and cannot take it back."

Proverbs 20:25
It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly only later to reconsider his vows.

Jonah 2:9
But I, with the voice of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to You. I will fulfill what I have vowed. 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 thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.

Proverbs 20:25
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

Acts 5:4
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.







Lexicon
It is better
ט֖וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to vow
תִדֹּ֑ר (ṯid·dōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5087: To promise

than to make a vow
מִשֶׁתִּדּ֖וֹר‪‬‪‬ (miš·šet·tid·dō·wr)
Preposition-m, Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5087: To promise

and not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

fulfill it.
תְשַׁלֵּֽם׃ (ṯə·šal·lêm)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7999: To be safe, to be, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate
Verse 5. - Better is it that thou shouldest not vow. There is no harm in not vowing (Deuteronomy 23:22); but a vow once made becomes of the nature of an oath, and its non-performance is a sin and sacrilege, and incurs the punishment of false swearing. We gather from the Talmud that frivolous excuses for the evasion of vows were very common, and called for stern repression, One sees this in our Lord's references (Matthew 5:33-37; Matthew 23:16-22). St. Paul severely reprehends those women who break their vow of widowhood, "having condemnation, because they have rejected their first faith" (1 Timothy 5:12). 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.
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