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Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 - When you make a vow to God...

NIV When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.
KJV When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
NASBWhen you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Ecclesiastes 5:4-5


Promises made to God have serious implications. The OT background for this admonition is found in Deut. 23:21-23; Judg. 11:35. Ananias and Sapphira learned the hard way (cf. Acts 5:1-11).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Ec 5:4). Nashville: Word Pub.

vow - A particular promise made to God (Deut. 23:21-23).

Whitlock, L. G., Sproul, R. C., Waltke, B. K., & Silva, M. (1995). Reformation study Bible, the : Bringing the light of the Reformation to Scripture : New King James Version. Includes index. (Ec 5:4). Nashville: T. Nelson.

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