Do You Know the Meaning?

Numbers 30:2 (KJV)
If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

Jonah 1:16 (KJV)
Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

Although we are not in a position to barter with God, he may still choose to answer a prayer that has an attached promise. When you pray, ask yourself, “Will I follow through on any promises I make to God if he grants my request?” It is dishonest and dangerous to ignore a promise, especially to God. God keeps his promises, and he expects you to keep yours.

7:11-18 The fellowship offering was divided into three kinds according to purpose: thanksgiving offering, vow offering, and freewill offering. A thanksgiving offering was appropriate whenever one wished to show thanks to God, as when recovering from a serious illness, or surviving a dangerous calamity O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever Psalm 107:1 (KJV). A vow offering was given in fulfillment of a vow (2 Samuel 15:7-8). The freewill offering, however, needed no special occasion or reason.

Psalm 107:1 (KJV)
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

• danger of rash vows. §Genesis 31:32; §Leviticus 5:4; §Judges 11:34-35
• why it is important to keep yours. §Leviticus 27:9-10; §Numbers 30:1-2; §Matthew 5:33
• the Nazirite vow. §Numbers 6:1-2; §Judges 13:5
• Joshua kept his to Gibeonites. §Joshua 9:19-20
• did Jephthah really vow to sacrifice a person? §Judges 11:30-31
• results of Saul’s rash vow. §1 Samuel 14:24
• God takes yours seriously. §Proverbs 20:25
• why Jesus says not to use them. §Matthew 5:33-37
• Bible people who made rash vows.