Proverbs 20:25
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English Standard Version
It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,” and to reflect only after making vows.

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

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.

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.

Proverbs 20:25 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

19 He that goeth out gossiping revealeth a secret;

     And the babbler have nothing to do.

Luther otherwise (like Hitzig) -

Be not complicated with him who revealeth a secret,

And with the slanderer, and with the false (better: loquacious) mouth,

so that ל and the warning apply to the threefold description, a rendering which Kimchi also, and Immanuel, and others at least suggest. But in connection with Proverbs 11:13, the first line has the force of a judicium, which includes the warning to entrust nothing to a babbler which ought to be kept silent. Write גּולה סּוד, as found in Codd. and old Edd., with Munach on the penultima, on which the tone is thrown back, and Dagesh to ס, after the rule of the דחיק (Gesen. 20, 2a), altogether like קונה לב, Proverbs 15:32. 19b the Venet. translates after the first meaning of the word by Kimchi, τῷ ἀπαταιῶνι τοῖς χείλεσι, to him who slanders and befools, for it thus improves Theodotion's τῷ ἀπατῶντι τὰ χείλη αὐτοῦ. But פּתה means, Job 5:2 - cf. Hosea 7:11 - not him who befools another, but him who is befooled, is slandered, by another (Aben Ezra: שׁיפתוהו אחרים), with which שׂפתיו here does not agree. But now he who is easily befooled is called פּתה, as being open to influence (susceptible), patens; and if this particip. is used, as here, transitively, and, on account of the object שׂפתיו standing near cannot possibly be equivalent to מפתּה, the usage of the language also just noticed is against it, then it means patefaciens or dilatans (cf. הפתּה, Genesis 9:27, Targ. אפתּי equals הרחיב), and places itself as synon. to פשׂק, Proverbs 13:3; thus one is called who does not close his mouth, who cannot hold his mouth, who always idly babbles, and is therefore, because he can keep nothing to himself, a dangerous companion. The Complut. rightly translates: μετὰ πλατύνοντος τὰ ἑαυτοῦ μὴ μίχθητι χείλη.

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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 things of the LORD...

Leviticus 22:10-15 There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing...

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy to the LORD.

Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings...

after

Leviticus 27:9,10,31 And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering to the LORD, all that any man gives of such to the LORD shall be holy...

Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow to the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word...

Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 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...

Matthew 5:33 Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time, You shall not forswear yourself...

Cross References
Proverbs 18:13
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:4
When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure 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.

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